Reading: Ruth 1: 4-18; Proverbs 17: 17
Ruth was Naomi's daughter-in-law. Naomi had two sons, both of whom died. Naomi's husband had died years before and she was alone. She decided to go from Moab, where she was living, back to Bethlehem.
When she made that decision, she told her two daughters-in-law that they should marry again and make a new life for themselves in Moab. But Ruth said she wanted to go with Naomi. According to ancient laws, those from Moab were not allowed to become Israelites. But Ruth said she wanted to go where Naomi went and live there with her.
Ruth showed great loyalty to Naomi. She also was a woman loyal to God. Because of her faith and loyalty, she was allowed to become part of the people of Israel. Her loyalty was rewarded.
We, too, should be loyal. We should be willing to do much for our lord and for those we care about. Loyalty is an important quality to have and should not be taken for granted. Proverbs tells us that a fr
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