I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely,
for my anger has turned from them. Hosea 14:1
There was a tree on the front lawn of a former place where we lived, that looked like half of it was in summer and half in winter…which is another way of saying, half dead! If only there was something we could have done to the soil and the tree so that it might have been healed of its disease and live.
Hosea is thinking of something like that tree. He likens God’s people to a lily plant or a cedar tree, with roots sunk deep into the fertile soil. Like grain and wine, God’s people are going to live.
This is the last Monday we’ll be hearing about God from the prophet Hosea. He has been using very strong words to awaken God’s people to their life with God. Now in the final chapter, all the love and tenderness of God are poured out like the last drops of Jesus’s blood on the cross. God gives everything so that we will have a chance to cling to God and respond to God nudging us to love God and our neighbor throughout our lives.
Sit and sink deep into the place where you are sitting right now and picture yourself as a tree receiving nourishment from the ground beneath it. God is in the ground you sit and walk upon. Sink into God and let God’s love and life flow upward into you.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Always, Your forgiving love. v. 1
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the thirteenth and last week in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Hosea.
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…