The Biblical story of Ruth is quite well-known. Ruth met her husband because her in-laws left their homeland in a time of famine, and moved to her home country of Moab. All the men of the house subsequently died and Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi, decided to return home. Not only did Ruth go with her, she devoted herself to caring for her. Naomi had left God’s land and moved to Moab. She came back drained and miserable, feeling that God was against her, so Ruth took the initiative and went to gather grain (Ruth 2:1-12). She found herself in a field belonging to one of Naomi’s relatives, whose name was Boaz, and he said to Ruth: “I know about all the help you have given your mother-in-law after your husband died. You left your father and mother and your own country to come to a nation where you did not know anyone. May the Lord reward you for all you have done. May your wages be paid in full by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for shelter”. Ruth’s decision to prioritise God and serve Naomi affected her whole life. Ultimately it secured her place in the family of Jesus Christ, as the great grandmother of King David.
My friend Tasha follows her example. She’s a hero. Obviously in these times things have changed, but for a couple of years, she’s come here for two hours every week and done whatever I asked her to do. If I wanted to try out a new gadget, she read the instructions. If I needed help with a new recipe, we cooked together. If I chose to walk on the hills, or somewhere that would be difficult with my cane, she was my guide. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m a happier person because of her.
Who can you serve today? You might have to find different ways of serving at a time like this, but maybe you’ll be someone’s hero.