The Prodigal Mother

“Mother had had enough, she couldn’t take it any more…
Her wild desires are more important than her child”
  • 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
    Find.

    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
    Gone.’

    ****
    In the land of Ephraim a prophet
    Dwells, he has a special message
    Given by God to share with his
    People.

    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
    Dead.”

    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
    Woman?

    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
    Candlelight.

    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

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