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When Israel was a child, I loved him . . . How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? - Hosea 11:1, 8 (NIV)

My husband and I have five children. Raising them brought quite a few challenges. One son in particular went through a very difficult period from the age of 15 into adulthood. We experienced many sleepless nights, tears, anger, and just plain weariness during those years.

Israel, too, constantly tried God’s...

Today's Prayer
Dear Father, thank you for your unconditional love that spills over into our lives and hearts. Give us the courage to love others even when it is difficult. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Hosea 11:1-8

Thought for the Day

Because God faithfully loves me, I will faithfully love others.

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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