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  • 9 months ago

At the centre of this story is a woman, formerly known as Naomi, Pleasant and plump with life, but now known, at her own instruction, as Mara, Bitter, broken, gaunt, and hollow.

She has suffered greatly, and that suffering has revealed a fischer in her faith. It is not as strong, perhaps, as she’d presumed, and she blames God for all her losses. “Full I went,” Mara says, “but empty YHWH brought me back.” Some pain seems unrecoverable.

This is where we left off in Naomi’s story. Her suffering showing what is beneath the surface of her person. Her life seemingly void of Hope.

And I believe we can identify, which is why I asked the question. When faced with mounting difficulties we so easily lose hope, ceasing even to be able to dream beyond the point of our pain. Our vision becomes myopic. We lose sight of any sense of a future.

Yet, if we are attuned to what is happening around us, even through the ordinary means of God’s hand at work, we will see the little glimmers of hope He ha