Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 A Story of Friendship and Love (Edstrom)2017-03-22T04:46:18+00:00

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Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17

A Story of Friendship and Love

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Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17

A Story of Friendship and Love

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17

This is a story about two women who were widows – both of their husbands had died. Ruth, the younger woman, had been married to Naomi’s son.

Ruth and Naomi loved each other. Naomi called Ruth her daughter and was like a mother to her.

The two women traveled together to the town where Naomi once lived. They were trying to find a place where they would be able to take care of themselves. At that time women were not trained to work outside of their homes and they had to depend on a father or husband to earn money and take care of the family. During this time Ruth picked up grain that had been left in the fields as a way to take care of herself and Naomi.

So here were these two women all alone. Naomi said, “My daughter, shall I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you?” (3:1).

Naomi wanted Ruth to have what she needed to get along – mostly food and a place to live. Naomi knew of a good man named Boaz who would make a fine husband for Ruth and be able to provide for her.

Naomi suggested to Ruth that she put on some nice clothes and go to meet Boaz. Ruth did what her mother-in-law asked her to do.

After some time Ruth and Boaz married and after that they had a son who they named Obed. Naomi was very happy because now she had a grandson.

This story shows us what can happen when there is friendship and love between people and how people can work together to make a happy ending.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan