This week we read one of the great stories of the Old Testament. On one level it is the story of a man in love. The name Hosea means "salvation." On the other level, the one who is completely in love is God. And the love of his life is Israel.
Deeply in love, he promises:
I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD.
If you do not know the story of Hosea, now would be good time to read the entire story of Hosea and his wife Gomer.