The Lord says, "When Israel was a
child, I loved him and called him out of Egypt as my son. But the
more I called to him, the more he turned away from me. My people
sacrificed to Baal; they burned incense to idols. Yet I was the one
who taught Israel to walk.
I took my people up in my arms, but they did not acknowledge that I
took care of them. I drew them to me with affection and love. I
picked them up and held them to my cheek; I bent down to them and
fed them. "They refuse to return to me, and so they must return to
Egypt, and Assyria will rule them. War will sweep through their
cities and break down the city gates. It will destroy my people
because they do what they themselves think best. They insist on
turning away from me. They will cry out because of the yoke that is
on them, but no one will lift it from them.
"How can I give you up, Israel? How can I abandon you? Could I ever
destroy you as I did Admah, or treat you as I did Zeboiim? My heart
will not let me do it! My love for you is too strong. I will not
punish you in my anger; I will not destroy Israel again. For I am
God and not a mere human being.
I, the Holy One, am with you. I will not come to you in anger.
The Prophet Hosea
The Season of Lent begins on
Wednesday 14 February this year, a truly romantic day - a great day
for Lent to begin. After all the Season of Lent is the time when God
romances us. God is the Romantic. His love for us never
fades. He is truly in love with us. Human romances come and go, but
God is different. God is the one who is present with us even when we
are not feeling romantic, even when we may have given up on Him. God
is with us especially when we give up on ourselves. In his eyes we
are always beautiful, always a delight, always worthwhile - no
matter how we may look to others or to ourselves.
Regardless of how our lives turn out, we are always attractive to
God, because He above all knows our true value. He has made us
uniquely in his image. In each of us there is something of God,
which is unique and cannot be found anywhere else.
But like all romance, like all true love - it takes two to tango. He
always has his dancing shoes on - how about you?
PS, If you're not sure how to
tango, start with the little piece above from the Prophet Hosea.