It was a time not unlike our own. When the judges ruled, the nation of Israel indulged in radical individualism, frequent wars, idol worship, and more. In the Book of Ruth, Naomi and her family fled a famine, only to suffer devastating losses. She returns home, grieving and accompanied by Ruth, her Moabite daughter-in-law. Naomi thought she had nothing left, but God surprised her with His faithfulness in the midst of her crisis of faith. He brought joy from grief and fullness from emptiness. A birth continued the line through which Christ, the Son of God, would be born generations later.