Naomi could not quite believe,
Her daughter-in-law could love her so.
Ruth told her that she would not leave
And back to her own country go.
She pleaded but Ruth still said "no".
"Where you live, I will make my bed.
I was married to your precious son.
And now to you, I bow my head.
I'll cling to you until life's done.
For you and me it's all or none."
They both returned to Bethlehem,
Where welcome tables were laid out.
Ruth needed to provide for them,
So Naomi sent her sweet Ruth out
To find a relative with clout.
Ruth gleaned behind the workers and
Caught attention of land-owner Boaz.
She feared that he'd misunderstand
Unaware he was one of her in-laws.
She kept on gleaning without pause.
Naomi did connive a bit.
She knew that Ruth deserved the best.
She told Ruth she should lie or sit
At Boaz's feet when he was at rest.
He wouldn't know it was a test.
Naomi was part of the deal
He knew that from the very start
She'd never have to miss a meal.
For Ruth had won his tender heart,
And never would the ladies part.
They married and they had a son,
Ancestor to David the king.
Naomi knew not what she'd done,
What glory to family she'd bring,
Allowing her dear Ruth to cling.
March 4, 2014