Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

November 10, 2021: We Are All Connected

But Ruth replied, ‘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).

Ruth loved Naomi so much that she wouldn’t leave her, even though Naomi told Ruth to go home.

Even though I live in two homes, it’s not the houses that make them special; it’s the family. People are what make up a home, not the building. The phrase “home sweet home” rings true because of family. And family doesn’t always mean you are related by blood. In fact, even though my stepdad is not blood, I still love and respect him.

It is wise to have relationships with people who share your same beliefs. For instance, I enjoy spending time with my Pathfinder club because they all have the same beliefs as me.

Ruth’s story has had a good influence on me. She and Naomi loved each other, even though they did not share the same blood or religion. We should be more like Ruth and treat everyone with kindness and respect, because, one way or another, we are all connected through God.

We are all His children, and like Ruth, should love other people unconditionally.

Dear God, please help us to be more like Ruth and display love to everyone we meet. Amen.

Cadence Rinehart is a sixth-grader at the Rocky Knoll Adventist School in West Virginia.

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