Today is Erev Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks in English. For those on the Christian calendar, this holiday is the equivalent of Pentecost; the church celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit to all believers in Yeshua (Jesus).

The book of Ruth is traditionally read at Shavuot. Since I bought my Kindle, I’ve been downloading all kinds of free books, and one happened to be about the book of Ruth. The author proposes that Naomi is the female equivalent of Job, and that the book of Ruth is really about God’s tremendous grace, among other things. Thoughts that I have been pondering the past few weeks.

And that brings me to today… I met my new landlord for the flat I’ll be sharing with a Danish lady, Karin, for the next 7 months. I don’t know how, but as we sat and talked, we somehow got onto the subject of the holiday, and a friend who was with us mentioned the book of Ruth, and weirdly, she said to him, “Debbie is like Naomi… she left Israel for her husband, and is returning without him.” And that led to us talking about what is and is not in the Bible.. and he said that he didn’t think he could have a strong faith after all he’d gone through, and that somehow led to talking about how he does not believe in abortion, and that led to discussion of what determines life, and what if someone is after a stroke and can do nothing… are they alive or dead?

And that led to my being able to share with my new landlord what happened to Rich and I, and how sure I was that Rich’s life was worthwhile and how alive he was through those last difficult weeks, and how I had asked Rich if he was certain that God was totally in charge of his life, not the doctors and not the respirator, and how Rich had indicated he was sure… and that he was ready to go home… and that led to sharing from the Psalms and my landlord asking which Psalm, and he wanted to be sure so he could read some for himself…

I can’t help but think how happy Rich would have been to know that someone heard about God’s love through his suffering… and how Shavuot celebrates God’s abundant provision through the harvest, His provision to a widow through her daughter-in-law, and the pouring out of His spirit to all who place their trust in HIS Messiah…

According to the Jewish Calendar, Rich and I were married on Shavuot, even though according to the Julian Calendar we were married on May 23. What a wonderful way to celebrate Shavuot–sharing God’s love and rejoicing in His goodness to me in all things. As it is written, “He makes all things beautiful in His time…” (Ecclesiastes)