We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Unexpected Redemption

Imagine this: your husband and sons have died, and you’re broke. You’ve lost your home. Years ago you left your extended family to join your wealthy husband. Your friends back home have suffered severe economic times while you have lived on the high end. Now you have nowhere to go except back home.

You must send your son’s wives back to their homes. You love them deeply, but you cannot support them. But one clings to you, insisting that your home will be her home, and your losses will be her losses. She will not leave you. Her love is deep, and you cannot refuse, so you pack up the little that you have and together begin your journey.

After facing gossip from your kin, you find lodging in a barely affordable one-room apartment. Early in the morning, your daughter-in-law slips out to find work. Day after day she brings you her meager earnings along with some leftovers kindly given by her boss.

Curiosity stirs. Who is this girl who works day and night to care for her mother-in-law, without thought or care for herself? Ruth’s unique character, evidenced by her hard work and sacrifice, piques the interest of the wealthy owner.

“Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” and he said, “The young Moabitess who came back with Naomi. She came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest” (Ruth 2).

Yes, this is the story of Naomi and Ruth-a story that teaches us that our care for others, at our own expense, may open the door to unexpected redemption.

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