Today's article is another installment in Sister Alena X. Ricci's series on the women of the Bible. It's also the companion article to the story on Ruth that appeared in the January issue of The Gospel News. If you haven't read it yet, go check it out!
Naomi’s story is a unique one, but one that is achingly familiar. Her husband passes, and then so do both of her sons, leaving her a widow along with her daughters-in-law.
When she decides to return to her home, Ruth stays with her, and they travel back to Bethlehem, for she heard that it was blessed once more after a period of famine and that God had given His people food.
She enters Bethlehem and declares herself Mara, because God had “testified against her” and because she was now empty. Her life was depressing and she had nothing.
Naomi enters a new life already expecting it to be awful.