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Here is Ruth, a young widow, who chooses a life of singleness, not because she has no choice, but out of love for Naomi. She could have returned to her own people like Orpah, and would no doubt have been able to remarry and live a normal life, but she gave that up, for the time being at least, in order to care for a lonely, vulnerable person in desperate need of support.

You probably know people yourself who have shown, or are showing, that sort of covenant love in their own lives. We mustn’t underestimate the value of such life giving love in the greater scheme of things.

Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 10: "and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple -- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."

SOURCE: Chris Appleby in "Ruth - A Woman of Character" on www.sermoncentral.com. Citation: Mat 10:42 NRSV.

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