Monday, May 05, 2008


Ruth said to Naomi, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. 17Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me." (Ruth 1:16,17)
Noami must have been a wonderful woman and mother-in-law. She remains an example for every mother-in-law.

I have heard from studies that one of the primary pressures on a marriage comes from In-laws. This may explain why God said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh (Gen. 2:24)." If there is not a leaving, so creating of space and breathing room between the two families, then troubles will arise due to the push and pull of competing ideas on a range of issues like finances and child-rearing.

But as we learn from Ruth and Naomi, this tension and strain on the two families does not have to exist. In-laws make a choice whether they will be a blessing or a curse on each other.

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