Bible Book: Ruth

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Advent: Abuela Ruth – Part II

When Ruth and Naomi return to Judah, the stars align and Ruth pursues Boaz, who is a kinsman redeemer. Ruth takes some risks and she and Boaz eventually come together as husband and wife. The seed of the Messiah is inside Ruth without her knowing even before she arrives in Judah. Her brave steps secure the steps of Obed, Jesse, David, and eventually Jesus. She did not know she was carrying a king of an everlasting kingdom inside her womb. She did not know that she was building the house of God. In fact, she probably never saw the harvest of her healing as a widow. She never saw the fulfillment of the prophecies about the long-awaited Messiah. She waited and she worked, she hoped and she loved.

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Advent: Abuela Ruth – Part I

As I read Ruth’s words, which have been used in modern times as wedding vows, what I see is the _hesed_ love of God overflowing to Naomi through Ruth. The seed of the Messiah is inside her without her knowing. Her steps secure the steps of Obed, Jesse, David and Jesus. Ruth is a carrier of the covenantal love of God because no human can say these words and keep them, apart from God’s grace. I love that these vows of love occur in the context of friendship, which means we all have access to this kind of friendship love. I love that Ruth sees past Naomi’s bitter and valid grief as if she is saying: “Listen, I’m not going anywhere.”  

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Women Can Have It All, Just Not All at the Same Time

It is almost 60 years since Betty Friedan first started encouraging women to make choices about their lives. Her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique,…

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