Have you ever glued something together and then wanted to pull it apart? There is a little time after you put the glued objects together that they can still be undone…but after that, it may be just too late.
The prophet Hosea puts the sins of God’s people in front of their face, so that they might repent. However, it looks like it is too late; they have gone just too far away from God; they’ve cut themselves off, like Herod from yesterday’s reading.
It’s never too late for you and me. There was a thief on a cross next to Jesus who spent his life away from God. But there next to Jesus on the cross, he was given the gift of love for God and repentance for his sins. He went right to heaven with Jesus!
Is there anything you have done for which you are truly sorry when you picture yourself next to Jesus on the cross? Just say you’re sorry to God and to those whom you have hurt, and you can begin to feel the joy of being in heaven right now! Let’s not stay glued to our wrongs!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Always seeking what is true. v. 3
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 2 Corinthians.
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…