“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!
“Who are you?” he asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”
“The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.” - Ruth 3:5-13
What a beautiful love story you crafted between Ruth and Boaz. In one way it broke all the norms. In another way, it set the norm. These two recognized the mature, servant's heart in one another and it made them attractive to one another. They were aroused by virtue more than physique. Help young people everywhere to learn from them. Help us all to devalue looks and notoriety and to value love, service, compassion and faith. Give my children and grandchildren the discernment to choose for themselves mates that show a beautiful godly heart and life. Make them like Ruth and Boaz.
Pastor Don Patterson
Godliness is gold and beauty is zinc.