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Ruth 1:1-18

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When her husband died and her mother-in-law was returning to her own homeland, Ruth was at a crossroads.

She could walk away and go back home to the same life she knew before. Or she could commit herself fully to a tethered life—a life with vulnerable, reliant, all-in relationships.

Though it would have been safer to go back home, Ruth clung to Naomi. Whatever God was leading them toward—whether sorrow or joy, rejection or redemption—Ruth and Naomi were going to go through it together.

Nothing makes us long for community like its absence. As we’ve waited in our homes and stayed distant from people we love, many of us are realizing the value of authentic relationships.

No longer will we settle for superficial friendships, hiding our needs and shying away from the heart issues that deserve committed, all-in connection with one another.

Like Ruth, we’re turning away from the safety of the status quo and pledging to depend on one another with love, care and selflessness.

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>Who are the people who provide community for you?

>Where is community absent or superficial in your life?

>What does authentic and dependable community look like?

>Write down a few names of people in whom you need to invest in a deeper way. Commit to reaching out to them this week and sharing this with them.

about Ruth 

>Ruth was from the country of Moab. She married one of Naomi’s sons when the family lived in Moab to escape a famine in Israel. Ruth later married Boaz and was the grandmother of King David.

>Ruth demonstrated sacrificial love by working hard to provide for her mother-in-law. There was no expectation that she would do this.

>Ruth was a risk-taker. She was willing to break the “rules” to live as a child of God.

>Ruth was proactive. Upon arriving in Bethlehem with Naomi, she decided to get to work as a common worker in the field. All she was allowed to do was gather grain left behind from harvest each day.