HOSEA 3 ~ Praying the Scriptures

18/07/12 10:01 AM

Devotional Reflection:

In reading vs. 2 of Hosea 3, I was moved to remember a ministry that we learned about at the United Methodist Church’s quadrennial youth gathering (Youth 2011): Loose Change to Loosen Chains. “Loose Change to Loosen Chains (LC2LC) is a student-led campaign for elementary to college students to combat modern-day slavery while learning about the reality of injustices today”. LC2LC learned from Real Simple magazine how there is $10.5 billion in loose change lying around American households. So, as they imagined a world with no modern -day slavery, they imagined what they could do even if they collected just a fraction of this amount. In partnership with International Justice Mission (IJM), LC2LC will use the money donated through this program to rescue victims of slavery and other forms of oppression.

While Hosea uses the metaphor of whoredom for Israel unfaithfulness, the metaphor breaks down when we come face to face with the realities of prostitution, human sex trafficking and modern day slavery, where vulnerable people are forced into situations we can’t even imagine for ourselves. In Hosea 3, the message is that God’s redeeming love is constant. I say, for us who believe ourselves to be beloved Children of God, why don’t we do more to redeem those whom society has forsaken. Why don’t we be on the move to bring release to the captives and to let the oppressed go free? LITERALLY.

There are several programs that are seeking to combat human and sex trafficking. If you simply google, “human trafficking” or “sex trafficking” you will get an immediate listing. For some statistics on human trafficking, you can do the same. You can do something; even with the loose change in your pocket.

In Christ, Pastor Shandi


A Daily Collect: “Redeeming God, your loving grace is surely unmerited and unconditional, for you freely offer us it in the midst of our faithlessness. Have your precious Spirit ignite in us an impassioned love for you, so that we may no longer seek you but know that, right now, we are in blessed communion with you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (based on Hosea 3)

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