January 2nd

I read Ruth 1 and Ruth 2 today. Naomi’s sons died, and her two daughters-in-law were widowed. They were Moabites, and Naomi recommended they both return to their homeland and their gods, and remarry, since they were both still young. One daughter left as it was suggested, and the other (Ruth) refused to leave, clinging to Naomi and pledging allegiance to Naomi, her people, and her God. She started gathering leftover grain (like other poverty stricken individuals normally would), to feed herself and Naomi, but was noticed and treated generously by a man named Boaz.