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When they arrive in Bethlehem, Ruth, consistent with her vow to Naomi in chapter 1, goes and finds a job gleaning in a barley field. She went into the field and has worked steadily from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.” Boaz discovers that Ruth is a hard worker, who takes seriously her vow to care for her mother-in-law. Listen to what Boaz says to Ruth: My daughter, listen to me. Later on Boaz compliments Ruth’s willingness to provide for Naomi and blesses her in the name of the Lord.Gleaning was picking up whatever grain was left behind by the harvesters. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled. While Ruth is working in his fields he protects her. It’s likely for Ruth that this feels like the beginning of a safe relationship.Single Christians dating need to avoid relationships that compromise their Christian values. In healthy relationships people feel safe to be themselves.Throughout the book of Ruth, Boaz continues to express great integrity. She is not familiar with the customs of the Jews and Boaz is sensitive to her emotional vulnerability. They feel safe enough to make mistakes, because the expectation is not perfection.We are so blessed to have discovered a best friend, and feel content by the intimacy and trust we have found together.We are so thankful to be your children, adopted into your family, and so grateful to be living in your grace. Father God, Thank you for the privilege of love, intimacy and friendship.
The first prayer is a request to God that the couples marriage would stand strong like a mighty oak tree through the different seasons of life.In her despair, Naomi tries to push Ruth and Orpah, her daughters-in-law away. But despite Naomi’s weeping and wailing, Ruth insists on remaining with Naomi. Ruth demonstrates responsibility, courage, maturity and loyalty in her determination to remain with Naomi.After all, Bethlehem was not her home town, the Jews were not her people… Listen to what Boaz’s foreman had to say about Ruth’s character: “She said, Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters. Now let’s take a look at the character traits of Boaz…verses 8-12 in chapter 2 speak volumes about Boaz.May we have your vision as we soar above the everyday to glimpse the kingdom of heaven.May we learn the truth of real beauty as we change and age together.