Ruth 1: 14-17
And they lifted up their voice and wept again and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but, Ruth clave unto her. And she said, “Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people and unto her gods; return thou after thy sister-in-law.”
And Ruth said, “Intreat me not to leave thee; or to return from following after thee: for whether thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God, my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will i be buried.; the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.”
Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May in the United States. It is a time for honoring mothers. I’m sure there is a Mother-In-Law Day celebrated sometime within the calendar year, but this year there is a message for my mother-in-law that I want to convey a tribute to her in honor of her, no matter the date. For my mother knows I love her, but I am expected to love her.
It is often the “in-law” stigma, particularly the mother-in-law stigma, creates problems for families. Somehow it is thought that we are not expected to love in-laws, especially the mother-in-law. But, whom, besides the spouse loves the son or daughter more than the mother or father? The bond between the mother or father and the child should not be broken at marriage but joined emotionally and mentally by the wife of the son, or husband of the daughter with the in-laws of the other.
My blessing is that I had a wonderful mother-in-law during my second marriage. After a difficult divorce from a first marriage, it was my mother-in-law who shared cigarette breaks with me at a place we were both employed. It was my mother-in-law who gave me my only Christmas present the year of my (first) divorce. It was my mother-in-law of my second marriage who blessed me with Sunday dinners. She prepared for Sunday dinners, each Sunday, as some would prepare for a Holiday meal, as did my mother.
Their (my mother-in-law and mother) love of family will be everpresent with me, as I am sure Ruth’s love for her mother-in-law, Naomi, was. Ruth’s devotion and love for Naomi led to the birth of Jesus Christ, Son of God in Heaven, the Omnipotent God. Whose birth will your love for your marital partner and your marital partner’s family bring about?
Formerly of Perry County, Kentucky, now of Perry County, Ohio