E-votional Gomer
July 30, 2001
"How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.  I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man-- the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath."
- Hosea 11:8-9 (NIV)


Love and compassion, they have the ability to forgive, break down walls and restore the lost.  Problem is, the unforgiven, the ones building up walls and those that feel they are lost causes and hopeless, these feeling compound, like the interest in our retirement plans.  The longer these feelings of hopelessness are around the harder it is to break through.  Feelings of inadequacy and the need for defensiveness somehow can grow inside as a result of being beaten down and/or beating ourselves down.  This is a life that is almost cannibalism of the soul.  Gomer, the wife of Hosea, seeking the one thing she knew best or maybe was most familiar with, left home to deal and cope with the one thing she new she was good at, failure.
Hear the Good News, just as Hosea sought Gomer, the love of his life, God seeks us out out of love and compassion.  God has this desire to have a relationship with us and asks that this relationship be like that of a marriage covenant.  Knowing who God is to us and who were are to Him, love and compassion for one another and faithfulness, this is what he asks.  Gomer, being used and abused most of life like that of work boots, felt most comfortable in the mud and grime of life.  Seeking to be one step ahead of rejection by doing it to herself, she ran.  But what she did not know and realize was the love that Hosea had for her.  We should stop running and recognize the love and compassion that is not only ours to receive, but to share.  What an image, Hosea, receiving Gomer back into his arms, carrying her home . . .

Gracious Father, love and compassion, faithfulness and truth, embodied, let me come home to You.  Sure I run, it seems the easiest at times, but I desire to run no more.  Let me accept the love you offer and share it with others.  Let me receive and share needed love and compassion with others in my life that they might know and understand your grace and compassion.  Thank you Father, for all You have done and all You will continue to do in my life.  Amen.