After Judah’s return to the Holy Land from exile, priests collected all the prophetic writings to preserve their sacred history. The priests updated the former prophecies of judgment, such as Hosea’s, to include what God had done since they were first uttered. We find such an update in Hosea 1:10.
These verses take me back to my first parish, where I loved to take the kids to a park called Good Spirit Lake. Now the lake was only knee high at its deepest, but along one side were sand dunes and a sandy beach that seemed to stretch on forever. Our kids loved to take their shoes off and run barefoot up and down the dunes and into the water. Decades later, the memory of their happy laughter still paints a picture of what it means to be free and alive!
I like to think that folks like you and me are sand under God’s feet, people in whom God delights, the crowning joy of all creation. We’re God’s kids! As the Spirit shares our laughter, neither God nor we mind the sand between our toes one bit.
Thank you, God, that because you are our living God, all of us are alive in you, now and always! Amen. — BB