Saint of the day:
Ruth the Matriarch & Loyal Daughter-In-Law
Saint Ruth's Story
Old Testament matriarch, and the subject of the Old Testament Book of Ruth. Born to a pagan family, she married a Jewish man. Widowed, she was facing starvation when her mother-in-law, Naomi, urged her to return to her own people. But Ruth declared that the people of God were now her people, their God her God, and she returned to Israel. She married Boaz, and became a mother. Her great-grandson was King David, and further down the family tree was Jesus.
Ruth was a widow who showed remarkable faith. She traveled a difficult journey with her widowed mother-in-law to live in Bethlehem. Despite her tremendous loss, Ruth firmly believed that God would provide for her.
She is a model of bravery, faith and obedience.
Tomb of Jesse and Ruth in Hebron
Exodus 34:6 ...compassionate and merciful, slow to anger, overflowing with loyal love and faithfulness
Khesed: (Psalm 118) Love! This love is steadfast, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and loyal love. And in the story of Ruth one can see her loyal love. Ruth, an immigrant, loses her husband and children but decides to stay committed to her mother-in-law, which is described as an act of khesed (Ruth 1:8 Ruth 1:8; 3:10). These acts of khesed can be seen throughout the Bible, but the one who shows the most khesed is God.