At our inception, God loved us like a proud parent.
God called out to us.
The more God called to us, the further we ran.
We sacrificed to other gods. We burnt incense to idols.
Yet it was God who taught us to walk, hugging us in loving arms.
We didn’t know it was God who healed us.
God lifted us to God’s cheek.
God fed us and nurtured us.
We chose violence and hatred and the ways of war. We terrorized our neighbors. We threw tantrums before our God.
We were bent on turning away from God.
The God of all peoples and all times grew frustrated then and now at our misbehavior.
We blamed one another. We called out to false gods & heard silence.
“How can I give you up?” agonized God. “My heart winces within me.”
Despite our actions, God’s extravagant love grew warm and tender.
God calls to us.
Praise be to the grace that gives us another chance to be who we are created to be.
Let us worship the God of all generations.
Praise be to the God of all times and all peoples.
Based upon Hosea 11:1-9 CEB. Some phrases are direct quotes from the Common English Bible, Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible