“Ruth (in the Old Testament) was compassionate, even though the circumstances of her life were bitter. ...She was just a young woman when her husband died and left her alone without child. It was a bitter time, and yet there was the sweetness of her relationship with her mother-in-law and the strength of her faith in the God of Israel. Both had come into her life because of her marriage.”
While Naomi’s other daughter-in-law chose to return back to her previous life after her husband’s death, Ruth chose to cleave to her new faith and to her new family, and the Lord blessed her in ways that she could not have anticipated.
How can we choose abiding loyalty and devotion like Ruth?
Source: Barbara B. Smith, “The Bond of Charity,” General Conference, November 1980
Artwork: “Whither Thou Goest” by Sandy Freckleton Gagon
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