At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”
Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” - Ruth 2:10-12
Dear Heavenly Father,
Boaz was a deeply benevolent man. He knew what it meant to set aside his own needs to help others. He heard about Ruth's dedication to her mother in law, Naomi, and he praised you for it. He wanted to bless Ruth for her sacrificial love to his relative. It's wonderful to see such virtue in Boaz and Ruth during this very dark time in Israel's history. I sometimes forget that I do not have to stay disappointed and distressed by the evil in our day. I can light a match and live like Ruth and Boaz, benevolent, generous, virtuous and free. Make me a light for family and friends and show me virtuous people I can encourage too.
Pastor Don Patterson
God loves to introduce his friends to each other.