My favorite love story is Ruth and Naomi. It's of two women of different cultures and different values, brought together by marriage. They form a bond so strong that Ruth leaves her home and her own family to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, to a foreign country that will never recognize her as a worthy person. And that deep bond is rewarded by a 'jealous' God who makes Ruth the great grandmother of the great king David. Who, we all know is the line which produces the Messiah.