The renewal of Gods people is a continuous experience. Often times we can get caught up in the patterns of church or religiosity that blinds us to the life giving nature of the God we all belong to. It is in those moments of routine that I find myself drifting back to the wisdom texts. The Hebrew communities’ experience of God was a constant call back into life. Texts like this one from Hosea are filled with those images that capture a sense of Gods capacity to create life.
In times were most of what we hear are the overwhelming voices of hate and intolerance, this call to life is radical, it is good news to the poor, love to the loveless and shelter for the fragile.
Hopefully your Immerse experience will help you capture something of that in your own life.
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely,
for my anger has turned away from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel;
he will blossom like a lily.
Like a cedar of Lebanon
he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow.
His splendour will be like an olive tree,
his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
People will dwell again in his shade;
they will flourish like the grain,
they will blossom like the vine—
Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.
Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a flourishing juniper;
your fruitfulness comes from me.” (Hosea 14:4-8).