Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Love Story


She was a beautiful girl and a delight to his ever watchful eyes. These now roamed over her lithe young body. She was modestly clad in a cream linen robe that enhanced the tawny eyes and rich chestnut platted hair hanging over her shoulder. Catching his look she smiled then lowered her gaze to hide the flush of colour rising to stain both cheeks..
She was new to this town, and prepared as any stranger to be the center of attention. Women watched as she walked by, cupping hands over mouths as they gossiped in wonder.
"How could Naomi dare to bring that Moabite pagan here?"
The man looking on, stroking his beard in contemplation.
His thoughts wandered down a different direction.
"Ah, if only I were a little younger, what a pleasure it would be to ask for her hand....I am a relative of her mother-in-law after all."
His whisper soared Heaven bound to the ear of the Father. While his watchful eyes scanned sunlit skies.




The Story Of Ruth.
A love story, a Bible story, rich in devotion, loyalty and love. 
It may be a little different to the one that I have portrayed here, but one needs an imagination to SEE, the richness of God's beautiful Word.

For instance, how old was Ruth. She was a wife to her first husband for approximately ten years. So perhaps she was about twenty eight.
Boaz we are led to believe was much older, but how old?
I'd like to think he was younger than Ruth's mother-in-law Naomi.
So I place him as perhaps forty five, with Naomi closer to fifty.
Not that old, in this day and age.  

He was a man of integrity, upstanding, kind, considerate and gentle.

I love this story because it shows true unselfish compassion and consideration. 
It also shows Gods reward to those who strive to do what is right. 
Against all odds, two lonely women, from different backgrounds, cling together in mutual respect and love.
Because of their loyalty to one another, God blesses them beyond all expectations. 
Down through the ages, the linage of Jesus Christ can be traced back to the woman called Ruth.   


Read the Story of Ruth in "The Book of Ruth" in the Bible.

24 comments:

  1. Excellent post! I've always thought Ruth's story an interesting one, and a good rebuttal to those who feel the need for a spotless pedigree. Jesus was also decended from Rahab, if I remember correctly.

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  2. Hi Georges, Yes, correct about Rahab..love it.

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  3. What a beautiful posting and pictures this Sunday morning dear Crystal Mary.
    I love that story...Whither though goest I shall go...
    Love to you
    June xx

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  4. I love the story of Ruth. Georges pointed out the fact of Rahab. I've always found it interesting that in his genealogical account, Matthew only mentions five women - Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. With the exception of Mary all of them had either tainted backgrounds or in Ruth's case, an outsider.

    Blessings
    Joan

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  5. I love the book of Ruth. It is a beautiful story.

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  6. Nice one story of Ruth.Good in expression and attractive images too.
    With regards.
    Hemant

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  7. I also love the story of Ruth; it is a true story of loyalty and obedience. You never know where God can take you if you just choose to trust him. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comment;To God be the glory. Yes, i do love Hillsong! They actally started a new Church in NY and I have been attending for the last few months. Yes, I am on facebook. Please look me up; I will love to stay connected. I will link up with spiritual sunday if my computer allows me.

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  8. thanks for sharing this about Ruth.have a good Sunday. rose

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  9. I never really thought of the story in terms of how who these characters were as people...including thier ages....it made them seem so real...just like all of us. ☺

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  10. Thanks for sharing this post and information about a wonderful story of love.

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  11. The story of Ruth touches my heart.Thank-you for sharing this today.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

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  12. Thank you for bringing this beautiful love story to life.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  13. Beautiful pictures. :-)

    A great lesson of God's love and redemption can be learned from reading The Book of Ruth.

    God bless you and have a great Sunday. ~Ron

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  14. It's been years since I read the story of Ruth in the bible. I will definately revisit it.
    Such a lovely post in every way. Thank you.

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  15. Hi!

    Just wanted to sat thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! :-) I enjoy looking back over your posts, you write very well. Great to meet you!

    Many Blessings,
    Jill

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  16. Hello All...It just goes to show, God uses anyone!! So, we are never to judge a book by its cover.
    Loyalty and obedience...don't we all need that..
    Sometimes we read a story from the Bible and think of it as just that, a story..when it is actual fact. If we read slowly and think about it, we see so much in our minds eye.
    God Bless you all.

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  17. It is so true Crystal, that God can and will us who He wishes to do His will. Great post. I just love reading the Book of Ruth. This is the greatest love story ever told. blessings. Lloyd

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  18. Dear Crystal Mary...
    Beautiful post. And I love the one about your school days and I see this amazing picture by June--wow! I love what she did with the image--and you look so adorable!! And that is so amazing about going to school barefoot...I would have loved that.
    Have a beautiful day!
    xox

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  19. clinging to one another in love and respect, lovely! thank you for your visit and for your words to anonymous, they were wonderful.

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  20. Another 'lovely' story, Crystal Mary. I too love the story of Ruth, and in OT times I think it is only matched by the story of Rachel (do you remember poor Jacob worked for 7 years (that number again!) to get her as his wife, only to be palmed off with the older sister Leah, and then he had to work for another 7 years to get the wife he really loved. But it would make a very slow-moving modern-day soap!

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  21. I have always loved the story of Ruth. Perhaps because my middle name is Ruth, or maybe because my cousin and I would read the story together each summer when we visited each other's family. Either way, a wonderful story of God's plan for His people and a reminder that obedience to Him, results in His best for all His children.

    Blessings
    Dorothy :)

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  22. Hi Lloyd, Yes Ruth is a beautiful love story, and we all need love. people who don't read the Bible miss these wonderful tales.

    Hi Cindy, I love walking barefooted and it is very healthy to do so.... we were very rarely sick.

    Hi Shannon, Welcome to you sister-in-Christ, great to share with you.

    Hi phillip, Yes I always felt sorry for Leah who was forced between Jacob and Rachel. Yet Rachel was deceptive. Surprisingly when they died, Rachel was buried at the side of the road. Leah on the other hand shared the place of honour besdie Jacob...makes you think..
    God Bless you all.

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  23. Hi Dorothy,Welcome back to Oz from your travels.
    Hey you look like a Ruth also..
    Yes Ruth is a wonderful story. It stirs the emotions and leaves us with a great understanding of God's perfect plan for us even though we sometimes can't see past our hurt.

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