When you go on vacation, your parents check to be sure that the oven is off before you leave home. Wouldn’t it be dangerous to go away for a few weeks only to return and find that the oven has been constantly burning . . . maybe even something cooking inside?
I think of this when I hear about the bad people that Hosea is talking about in today’s reading. The fires of evil ways burn on in their hearts. They are like something in an oven that has been kept on while the family is away. While God and God’s family are away, the people in Hosea’s time burned away from all kinds of sins. They were “Burn-Outs!”
I call these introductions to the reading each day, Firestarters. But the fire I want to ignite is of a different sort—the fires of God’s love and devotion to God’s ways. When we follow God, we don’t burn out, we burn on!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Crying to God from my heart. v. 14
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost. Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season we read read Hosea, with Lamentations 3 in the Ninth Week.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…