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Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)
TITLE: Striking. Unfamiliar. Conspicuous. Unconventional
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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She is pleasant and plump. Her hair is dyed a reddish color. Her jewelry is generous and her make-up is `distinctly and outstandingly different’. She does not fit into the Paris Hilton model of beauty but she is beautiful, a female of God’s creation.
She reminds me of my younger sister Ruth.
Ruth has a blond dyed stripe that brandishes her brow. Her black hair is buoyant and neatly glued to her scalp. It is a modern style that suits many women of color, and in my opinion it suits her and says a lot about her personality. She does not look or behave like anyone else in our family.
My sister is articulate and intelligent. At the age of 19 she started her own consultancy business. She saw an opportunity and jumped right in fearlessly.
Except for her fear of dogs she is fearless; yet she is dove-like in her ability to interact with people of all ages and races. She is disarmingly charming, generous and kind.
In many ways my sister Ruth reminds me of the Biblical Ruth.
Biblical Ruth must have been outstandingly beautiful, yet her behavior suggests that she is dove-like and yet bold enough to conspicuously glean the edge of the field of a stranger called Boaz. On the advice of Naomi she later lies at his feet, and trusts in his integrity as a kinsman to redeem her.
In my opinion she starts her own `business’ as a barley gleaner.
Ruth is a foreigner in Bethlehem. She is a Moabitess. When compared to Orpah her sister in law [who returned to Moab], her behavior is conspicuously unconventional.
I imagine that everyone who knows her story would agree with me. Ruth does not behave like everyone else. As a result she is noticed by Boaz.
Unconventionally she follows her mother in law Naomi to Bethlehem after they had both become widows. By her action of following Naomi she walks into her destiny and becomes the wife of Boaz and an ancestor of Jesse, David and Jesus Christ.
The book of Ruth 2:1
…Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.]
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