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“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”
Ruth 3:9

Walking slowly behind the harvesters, Ruth gathered the grain that had been left behind. This was God’s provision, that grain be left in the field for the poor and widowed. Hard work it was, and demeaning. Was this to be her destiny? No husband, no children, no security? Was she to be allotted only the leftovers of life?

With no one left to turn to, she went to Boaz. “Spread the corner of your garment over me,” she pleaded. Marry me — for this was a marriage proposal — and redeem my life. Cast the cover of redemption over me. Cover me as a bird covers its young with its wing. Take away my loneliness and despair, and give me hope. Protect me, cherish me, love me, for you are my guardian-redeemer.

We also are in desperate need of a family redeemer. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The day of judgment is coming. Our sins will be exposed, and we will stand naked and alone, condemned before a holy God. Yet Jesus, in his love and compassion, will spread the cover of his redemption over us. He will cover us completely, so that only his own glorious work will be seen. Then he will bring us into the very presence of God, and we will be found “holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22). This is only the beginning of redemption, for Jesus seeks to redeem every aspect of our lives.

Turn to him in your poverty and despair, and ask for his redemption. He will take your loss, your failure, your loneliness, and he will use it for God’s glory.

Cast your cover of redemption over me, Jesus, my Lord and my redeemer …
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