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I Will Follow
When the Book o Ruth begins, no one would ever guess that this seemingly insignicantwoman would end up in the genealogy o Jesus as great grandmother to King David. Hers is astory o obstacles overcome, o powerlessness turned into opportunity, and o personal loyaltyto a riend changing the course o history.Crisis, survival, and sorrow transormed into aith, love, and hope are all hallmarks o thisbeloved Bible account.There are no great battleeld stories here; no shimmering angels. I anything, Ruth’s story istestimony to God’s presence in the day-to-day details o living. The divine meets the ordinaryas two women struggle to survive in a society where that is very dicult to do without a hus-band or a son by your side. And Naomi and Ruth have lost both sons and husbands.Ruth is a oreign woman in a strange land. She had no standing in the society to which shepledged to ollow her mother-in-law, yet God used her. Her brave decision would eventuallylead down through the generations to another scene o the divine meeting the ordinary in abarn in Bethlehem. Ruth and Naomi become decision-makers, and God honors their eorts.A oreign woman trying to survive in a patriarchal society reminds us that the living God is aGod o both women and men—both created to refect God’s image.
JouRnal oR discuss
» In the spirit o much o the Old Testament, Naomi is a woman who is unaraid to shareher real eelings with God. In Ruth 1:20-21, she says, “the Almighty has made my lievery bitter. I went away ull, but the Lord has brought me back empty.” Being that hon-est about one’s eelings, even toward God, can be empowering. How has the decision tospeak up honestly, to God and others, impacted your own development as a person andleader?» How can an honest evaluation o a dicult situation help women to make the decisionsthey may need to make to overcome obstacles placed in ront o them?