The women said to Naomi, “May the Lord be blessed, who today hasn’t left you without a redeemer. May his name be proclaimed in Israel. He will restore your life and sustain you in your old age. Your daughter-in-law who loves you has given birth to him. She’s better for you than seven sons.” Naomi took the child and held him to her breast, and she became his guardian. The neighborhood women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” -Ruth 4:14-17
Remember when Naomi didn’t even recognize the blessing of Ruth at the beginning of this story? Now Ruth has secured a future for Naomi. She and Boaz have had a son, and Naomi has a full family again. The women of the Bethlehem community give Ruth high praise- she is better than seven sons! Ruth is esteemed beyond anything she could have imagined.
Redemption happens in many forms. But this is its basic ingredient: when someone’s worth is taken from nothing to everything, from lackluster to shining. Think of that great line from the song, “O Holy Night:” when Jesus appeared, the “soul felt its worth.”
Yes! You are worth more than you know. And so is everyone in your house, and your neighborhood, and this world. Today, participate in God’s redemption by treating others and yourself as people of great worth.
Too often O God I rush and miss the worth of others and myself. Help me to see myself and others the way you see us. In Christ I pray, Amen.
Look a homeless person in the eye today. Don’t look away. Thank God for making all people equally worthy of love and dignity.
Make place cards for each spot at the dinner table that say “Person of Worth” with each person’s name underneath that title.