“At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.” Ruth 1:14
Rio de Janeiro, 1962. A very talented young artist attended the Fine Arts School of Rio, the most renowned art school in South America. He shared the studio with some of the heirs of Brazil’s most prominent families. He had moved to Rio from a small town in the South in order to help his mother, a young widow who lost her income when her husband died prematurely. He was offered a job in Rio in exchange for a small salary, housing and the tuition money to pay for his classes at the Fine Arts Institute.
When I was preparing to teach the book of Ruth to my Bible study group a couple of weeks ago, my first idea was to focus on the well-known correlation between Boaz’ redemptive act when he married Ruth the Moabite, and the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. But as I started reading the book, something else caught my heart: the display of sacrificial, “agape” love first by Naomi and then Ruth.
Daddy’s girl smiled. She knows it is true.