The Beginning of Barley Harvest
Passage: Ruth 1:1–22
Chapter 1 introduces us to the woman at the center of Ruth's narrative, a bereaved Hebrew widow named Naomi. Her life is marked by a string of tragedy that leaves her embittered and despairing. But even in the sad beginnings of Naomi’s story, there are glimpses of hope as God sets the stage for a display of covenant kindness to Naomi personally, and to his people as a whole.