The story of Ruth is one that shows how incredible the grace of God works in bringing one of his people into the fold of believers. The likelihood of this happy result in Ruth's life would be one even internet bookmakers would hesitate to quote odds on! We can take heart from her in seeing God's providence working through our lives too. Esther's story, however, is very different. Esther already knew her Creator but was faced with a difficult situation. One faced by believers in Nazi Germany or anywhere where persecution requires the faithful to speak out. Her guile and courage were an example to her people - and an example to us today.