A widow’s hurt and broken heart

Along with all the tears;

A grieving and a lonely soul

That lasts throughout the years.

A life support that’s been removed

And now fends for herself;

A contrite and a broken heart

Without her husband’s help.

Ruth became a widow

But an inspiration for all to see,

Leaving all her customs and her beliefs

To follow her mother-in-law Naomi.

Naomi’s God and faith

Compelled Ruth for Him to know,

She said ‘Your people shall be my people’

‘For wherever you go, I will go.’

Ruth had a renewed hope

And left all that she knew,

She left Moab and stepped out in faith

With a sincere love so true.

And then Ruth met Boaz

Whilst she gleaned in his field,

And found favour in his sight

As her future was then sealed.

Boaz was a blessed man;

He was King David’s great grandfather,

And Ruth’s faithful love yielded dividends

With many blessings hereafter.

Boaz was a prominent man;

A God-fearing one as well,

And Ruth’s virtuous ways were known to all

When with her mother-in-law she dwelled.

Ruth married Boaz

And her widowhood ceased to be;

Their offspring belonged to a royal lineage

Where many kings were seen.

The Book of Ruth gives us hope

It’s God’s redeeming hand,

That He will provide and make things new

When He comes to heal our land.

When we become the Bride of Christ

He refreshes and He restores,

As our widowhood with shattered dreams

Becomes our identity no more.

(C) P.B. 2021

“And she said, ‘Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’”  Ruth 1:15

“But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.’” Ruth 1:16

“So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, ‘Why have I found favour in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?’”  Ruth 2:10

“And Boaz answered and said to her, ‘It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.  The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.’”  Ruth 2:11-12

“I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.”  Ruth 3:11

“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…and she bore a son.”  Ruth 4:13

“And may he be to you a restorer of life a a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.”  Ruth 4:15

“Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.”  Ruth 4:21-22

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