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- School is a difficult day after
The night before, words
Were confusing, people screaming,
Bottles strewn upon the floor.
What are these people doing
That is so distressing?
No time for breakfast, she runs
Out the door, fearing she will
Be late. She can’t remember
When she last ate.
Taking a seat on the bus, the
Girls laugh at her hair and
Clothes. Standing at the board,
The teacher shames her for the
Questions she does not know.
The bell rings, but she is afraid
To go home. Each time she goes
She is not sure what she will
Reluctantly opening the door,
Gathering courage to walk in,
It is strangely quiet, as she calls
For her mother.
Going from room to room, panic
Sets in, calling louder than she did
Before. Mother had had enough
She couldn’t take it anymore.
Her wild desires are more important
Than her child.
Tears begin to fall, ‘If she had only
Been better, if she had only been
Good, it is her fault that mother has
In the land of Ephraim a prophet
Dwells, he has a special message
Given by God to share with his
Hosea is distraught, they would
Not believe his word, even though
He plead with them night and day,
To return to God. Finally he pleads
“Surely God, you can strike them
God sitting quietly by is horrified
At Hosea’s words. But He has a plan
For Hosea, strange and hard to
Understand. He is told to marry a
Woman from another land.
A woman who does not love His
God. His eyes are big and wide.
Where shall he go to find this
Knocking on doors, asking those
He sees, “Where can I find this
Woman God has for me?”
Coming to a tavern in the late
Hours of the night, tables are lit by
He is directed to a brothel where
She sits drinking wine, dressed in
Red satin and enticing. He is not sure
But He follows God’s plan.
Taking her home to be his wife,
She bares his children, teaching
Them wrong things, taking them
To strange altars to pray.
She is not happy with Hosea and
Her children, and one day returns
To her evil ways.
Hosea loves his children even
Though they do wrong, he feeds
Them and clothes them, his love
Is so strong.
This is a story told, a special lesson
Taught, though sometimes God’s
Children disobey, He never leaves
Or forsakes them!
Story from ‘The Book of Hosea’
in God’s word