Ruth, the Gleaner

The Bible contains many narratives which inspire us, strengthen our faith, and help us to prove the truth. One of these is the beautiful story of Ruth and Naomi.

Upon a casual reading, this narrative may seem to be but a pleasing tale of affection and loyalty; but when studied in the light with which Christian Science illumines the Scriptures, we find much more in it. Ruth was not clinging to personality. Naomi had apparently been to her a messenger of Truth, one from whom she had learned of the one true God. Turning from her idols to the God whom Naomi worshiped, she determined that nothing should separate her from the messenger who reflected this light to her. Was not Ruth longing for a greater understanding of the one true God and for the companionship of those who had found the way of Truth and could help her therein?

Mortal sense tried to argue that she should remain and seek a home and companionship amidst her old surroundings; that if she followed Naomi into a strange country she would be unable to find happiness or supply. But without hesitation Ruth made her choice. Courageously she left her people, left the sense of security in matter, renounced false beliefs and false gods, and went forth with trusting confidence that the God of Israel would be willing and able to provide for all her needs.

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Accepting All Good
July 16, 1932

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