Ruth: honoring a faithful mother

Last weekend Beth was out of town visiting family and friends in Southern California. It was only about three hours after she left I realized everything she does around the house. 

When the kids needed a nurse, mom is there.

When one of the children has a bad dream, mom is there in the middle of the night.

When the family is hungry, mom is there in the kitchen.

When clothes are dirty, mom is there doing laundry. 

All this is difficult and sometimes probably seems endless, yet mom does it every day even if it is unnoticed. And mom also does many more things than the number of thank you's she receives in return. This is why we celebrate Mother's Day!!

The story of Ruth reminds me of the same undervalued and unrecognized mothers in this world. Here in this small, very short book is the story about the character of a Godly mother.

Ruth was willing to care for her mother-in-law Naomi regardless of the circumstances. Even though the death of her husband and a famine changed her future, she said: 

 “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16 NIV)

There was no fanfare for this decision. No celebration. Instead Scripture records this about her decision:

 “So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem." (Ruth 1:19)

Very anticlimactic almost. In fact, the people of Bethlehem were more excited about Naomi than they were about the decision of Ruth. Of course this was the natural response of the people where Naomi called home.

Yet, Ruth's decision seems to go unnoticed. Except until Ruth, the outsider in a foreign land, met Boaz where ultimately she would become a mother herself. Then ultimately become the great-grandmother of David.

Did Ruth wake up one morning and say, "I am going to be a better person. I am going to try harder. I am going to be noticed for being a mother."?  No, I don't believe she said anything like that at all. Instead she simply lived her life and cared for the people God brought her in contact with. She lived her life as a mom. 

This is what we honor at Impact this weekend.

Therefore thank you to all the mothers like Ruth, who faithfully care for their family. Who simply go about the daily things around the house, maybe even unnoticed at times. We appreciate each one of you and the legacy God is creating through you in the lives of your children and families...

Mark Cercone