Chapter one of Ruth is a story of family. The story begins with a family that is transformed from a conventionally configured family into a less conventional family centered around Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth. Several obstacles should have separated Ruth and Naomi: deaths of the men, no blood bond, a geographical move, differences of religion and culture, and the outlook of abject poverty. Modern families take many and various forms; most are unconventional. Many obstacles seek to tear families apart these days, but God helps us have people in our life who are “family” in a positive sense.