We are introduced to Ruth at a time of bereavement and fear for Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law. When Naomi decides to return home, alone, Ruth’s loyalty and faithfulness emerge. Ruth will not give up on Naomi in the face of adversity, but instead stays with her. Ruth’s actions reflect her saying to Naomi, “Don’t tell me to turn my back on you”. That’s how God always responds in the midst of our distress, confusion or loneliness.