The Old Testament Book of Ruth tells the story of a young woman who left her home, her family, and her traditions out of loyalty to her widowed mother-in-law.
After her husband—Naomi’s son—died, Ruth could have stayed in Moab to find another husband from among her own people. But she decided instead to stay with Naomi and make sure the older woman was cared for.
When Naomi tried to convince her to choose the greater security of a life in Moab, Ruth replied with words that are often identified with the vows couples make to one another at their wedding: “Wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God, my God. Where you die I will die, and there be buried.” (Ruth 1:16-17).
What did Naomi have to offer Ruth? She herself admitted there was nothing she could do for her daughter-in-law. But Ruth wasn’t trying to get something from Naomi. She saw a friend in need and…
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