Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you. Now here is our kinsman Boaz, with whose young women you have been working. See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to do.”She said to her, “All that you tell me I will do.” (Ruth 3:1-5, NRSV)
Naomi was looking to take care of Ruth. She knew she wouldn’t be around forever and needed to make sure that Ruth was cared for because she was a foreigner in a place where she had no one other than Naomi. So she sent Ruth to be with Boaz because Naomi knew he was an honorable man and would do what he needed to to care for Ruth.
Do we always care for the stranger?
Do we always care for the other?