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Lessons from Ruth and Naomi

In the book of Ruth there is an account of two women whose lives are bound together - Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi -  and it’s a beautiful story. It's a story of sacrificial love, as Ruth leaves her homeland to follow Naomi and her God to Bethlehem, not knowing what awaits them there. It's a story of honest conversations, as Naomi tells Ruth not to call her Naomi, but to call her Mara which means ‘bitter’, since she thinks that God has treated her harshly since she has lost a husband and two sons. It's a story of the value of hard work, if you are able, and of having a noble character and a good reputation, of looking after others and putting others before ourselves. It’s also a story of redemption as Ruth gleans in a field belonging to Boaz whom she discovers is the 'kinsman redeemer' of the family of Naomi's deceased husband Elkinah. And it's a story of God's faithfulness in the face of famine, loss and grief, and of the hope that we have in Him too. God does not fail Naomi and Ruth, but restores and redeems them through Boaz, just as He redeems His sons and daughters still today through Jesus. And Ruth, although a 'foreigner', becomes the great grandmother of King David. And amazingly all ends well as God 'works in all things for the good of those who love Him'. Do read it if you haven't recently!

Posted by Marianne Needham-Bennett
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