So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”
So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
by: Kennedy Ochs.
Naomi had lost her family, her home, and pretty much everything she had known. She must have felt as though she had lost herself along with her sons and husband. Leaving Moab with Ruth would have only affirmed this feeling. Now back in Bethlehem, she introduced herself with a new name to mark the change that had happened in her life. She felt she was no longer the woman that she had been before. The losses we experience change us permanently. Rather than put on a happy face and pretend everything is fine, it is best to admit it and ask God to help us move forward.