Who is the
What kind of
woman does our society honor?
society, physical attractiveness, education, a lucrative career, and independent,
assertive outlook would certainly be at the top of the list. The ideal woman of
today is slim, fit, smartly dressed, and ambitious. Though professionally polite, she lets nothing
interfere with her personal goals and self-fulfillment. If a family fits into
that, she is admired all the more by somehow fitting motherhood into her career
plans. If not, she is free to be as
sexually active as she chooses while pursuing her dreams, and is admired for
her desirability. Such is the ideal
woman of 21st century western culture.
image with that of an impoverished widow from a foreign land, who returns with
her mother-law after both of their husbands die. Picture a woman totally lacking in
prestige, and whose looks, education
or talents are never mentioned. Yet somehow, this
woman’s story is one of two that are given special attention in the Bible with a book that bears
her name: The Book of Ruth.
What was it
about her that was so special, and how can she be a model for women of the 21st
century? We hope you will join us this
Sunday as we learn from her story.