Hosea’s life must have been like a nightmare, being called by the Lord to marry a prostitute (symbolic of God’s loving relationship with unfaithful Israel) and to give their children symbolic names relating to God’s warnings of judgment on Israel – extreme action inspired by our loving God to try to draw the people back into relationship with God.
Centuries later and still today, Paul encourages us to remain faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ who through the extreme loving action of the cross has delivered those who believe in him from all other influences that threaten to control our lives and draw us away from God. In order to do so, prayer is essential – prayer to God as a Father who seeks our cooperation to further his kingdom of love and who provides for our physical needs and will meet our spiritual needs.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer slowly, spending time reflecting on each phrase in relation to your life.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
Text: The Rev Ross Cameron, Diocese of Brisbane
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2019