Long ago, there was a time when the judges ruled. In that dark era, famine was spread all over the land. A particular man of Bethlehem in Judah, named Elimelech, went to live in Moab with his wife and two sons; because of the starvation.
His wife’s name was Naomi and his son’s names were Mahlon and Chilion. They were all Ephrathites from Bethlehem. Unfortunately, while in Moab, Elimelech passed away leaving Naomi with her two sons and their wives. The wives names were Orpah and Ruth. Naomi, who was heartbroken and devastated, never let her emotions shine through.
Ten years later, another loss wreaked havoc on the family. Mahlon and Chilion had died. Much of their family was not left and unfortunately for Naomi and her daughters-in-law, it felt like much of their heart was not left either.
The grief-stricken Naomi and her daughters-in-law started to return to Judah from the country of Moab because they had heard the Lord had given his people food. Kind-hearted Naomi told Orpah and Ruth to return to their mother’s homes for she had not wanted to cause them anymore trouble. Orpah and Ruth refused not wanting to leave Naomi alone. Naomi told the she had nothing to offer; she had no sons that could become their husbands. Naomi did not want to steal any opportunities from the wives. Orpah had reluctantly agreed to return to her mother’s house. With tears streaming down her cheeks, Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye. Ruth however, refused to leave her mother-in-law’s side. Naomi tried to convince Ruth to leave as well, but Ruth simply stated she would never leave her mother-in-law’s side for better or for worse. Naomi then said no more and the pair travelled to Bethlehem. They had reached there at the beginning of the barley harvest. When they reached Bethlehem the women wondered if Naomi had returned. Naomi had told them to now call her Mara for the Lord had dealt harshly with her. He had not brought calamity upon her....
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