We are intended to live in relationship with one another. When we reach out and develop a relationship, we connect. We touch one another through conversation and our shared journey. In the process, we are transformed. We learn from each other, and we grow. Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth had such a relationship. Their bond was deep.
Yet, our relationships can be double-edged. They can be a blessing in our lives, but they can also be a challenge. Sometimes it takes hard work to get through to another person and reach common ground. When faced with a difficult relationship, we must keep it grounded in prayer.
We are called to love as God loves us, even when it is difficult. What one small thing can you do to reach out? Something that may appear small to you may help build trust and love in a heart that has never experienced it.
This message is adapted from “Bold Relationships: Linking Heart and Hand” written by Susan M. Lang in the January/February 2005 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.