Ruth had every reason to think that by giving her life away to an Israelite woman and the people of Israel, she was making a sacrifice that would end only in suffering and death. But as we’ll start to see next week, that isn’t what happens when you give your life to the God of Israel. When you give your life to him, you get your life back again. New life and a new future spring up from the bitter ashes of death. Because Jesus walked the way of the cross, the way of hesed, faithful commitment to his people no matter what, when we like Ruth walk the way of the cross what we’ll find on the other side is healing, new life, and redemption—just like the God of Israel, the redeemer, gave to Ruth.