Ruth

Ruth is a symbol of abiding love, loyalty, devotion and humility. Ruth was Moabite, who many viewed as inferior, and she married an Israelite man. Her father-in-law had died before the wedding, so Naomi, her mother-in-law was a widow.

When Ruth’s husband and his brother both died, her mother-in-law Naomi had no one. Naomi decided to move back to Bethlehem, where some of her family resided, and she advised Ruth to stay in Moab and return to her own family. But Ruth refused to leave Naomi on her own, telling her, “where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God.”

Upon returning to Bethlehem, Ruth had to work to provide for herself and Naomi, as they no longer had husbands or other male relatives to take care of them. Ruth met a man named Boaz who was intrigued how courageous and giving she was. He fell in love with her and married Ruth. She soon gave birth to a son whom they named Obed. Her son, Obed, was the grandfather of King David.

The story of Ruth has a message. She was righteous and a woman of God. Ruth calls us not to judge people by their ethnic group, race and color. Instead, we should welcome people and look at their hearts.