The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Change: God's invitation to growth

Like Naomi and Ruth, we, too, can be transformed by change

Confronted with the consequences of loss, Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah face great changes in their lives. They can do everything possible to minimize them, to deny them, to ignore them, or they can see them for what they are: God's invitations to development.

Change and loss, it must be realized, are two different things. Loss takes something away from life. Change adds something to it. Loss is a black well; change is a fork in the road. Loss is not an option; it is a necessary and inevitable part of life. Change, on the other hand, is only a possibility. It can be resisted or embraced. It can be seen as temptation or as grace. It can be borne reluctantly or it can be chosen.

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