Naomi's honesty is attractive, as is her perseverance, her friendships, and her seriousness about God (especially his shortcomings). Yet she also has a hard edge. Her struggle is a familiar one - how to trust what I cannot see; how to rest by faith amid restless circumstances.
The book of Ruth is a marvelous story with a powerful witness to the faithfulness of God. It begins with tragedy: drought, dislocation, and death. It ends with a baby and a genealogy that forecasts the birth of a king. Ruth is a story that draws us in. Surprisingly, we discover ourselves in the experiences of men and women who lived in a simple agrarian society 3000 years ago. Most importantly, the faithful care of a loving God is made abundantly clear. This sermon series will expand our sermons preached in 1997, available online.