The Book of Ruth, or Notes on Serendipity

The Book of Ruth, or Notes on Serendipity

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.
—The Book of Ruth, 2:3

As luck would have it,
the first field Ruth found belonged to Boaz.
As luck would have it,
Boaz returned to the field from Bethlehem.
As luck would have it,
the new girl drew his eye and attention.
As luck would have it,
Boaz was Naomi’s kinsman.
As luck would have it,
Boaz was kind.
And, as luck would have it,
their great-grandson would be King.

Erika Dreifus writes prose and poetry in New York. Visit her online and follow her on Twitter @ErikaDreifus, where she blogs about “matters bookish and/or Jewish.”

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