“Since we’re talking about God, the Scriptures, and welcoming the stranger,” Clint said, “let me tell you about an interesting conversation Matt and I had when we were in the Holy Land. We were near Bethlehem, and we wondered if we were anywhere near the field where Ruth had met Boaz.”
Ron (who you recall has little religious background) said, “Hold on a minute. Ruth? Boaz? Who are they?”
Matt said, “Ruth was a Moabite, who married into a Jewish family living in the land of Moab. After the deaths of their husbands, Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi went to live in Bethlehem. Ruth met and married a man named Boaz. They had a son named Obed. Obed had a son named Jesse, and Jesse had a son named David: the David who became Israel’s greatest king. So David’s great-grandmother was a non-Jew. The story of Ruth is remembered to argue that non-Jews are in the circle of God’s grace.”
Then Clint said, “Thinking about Ruth inspired us to write a short story expressing God’s love for all. The story is on our church web site, to indicate the inclusive spirit for which St. Barnabas strives.”
“Can you read it to us?” asked Jensi.
“Sure,” said Clint, pulling out his mobile phone.
(On Monday, we’ll begin to hear the story, which is called “Boaz’ Field.)
Thank you, God, for the story of Ruth and Boaz, and the witness it makes to your all-embracing love. Amen.