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Naomi: A Mother’s Hurt, A Mother’s Heart, and A Mother’s Hope

Mother’s Day provides a great opportunity for us to look at the life of one prominent mom in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the book of Ruth, we are introduced to a faithful Hebrew mom, Naomi. She, her husband, and two sons leave Israel during a drought to find a better life. Her sons marry and then tragically the men in Naomi’s life die. One of the daughters-in-law travels back to Israel with Naomi as she returns home. This young woman, Ruth becomes an important part of Israel’s future as the great-grandmother of King David, in the line of Jesus. We can learn much from a study of Naomi’s journey as we see her hurt, her heart, and her hope.