Love and costly grace showed up in the story of Ruth and Naomi, you might even say in person, and brought about redemption and new life in the village of Bethlehem. One day years later in the very same place, in the very same family, love and grace showed up in person once more, and began to work redemption and new life into the story of the whole world. It’s a story that’s still being written. Your lives, our lives, this city, this country—we too can follow the footsteps of Ruth and Boaz, with faith and grace and costly love, and be written into Christ’s story of redemption. May we all have faith, like Ruth, and trust that the way of steadfast love, no matter what, and costly grace is the way of new life, God’s way to bring redemption into your life and our world.