Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Unbounded Love ! - The Restoration of the Penitent Church

The Minor Prophets Speak to Today 

The Restoration of the Penitent 

Hosea 14:5-7 NLT

Dewdrops on Harebells

After repentance comes new life,

And what a beauty that new life is.

How refreshing it feels and looks.

How pleasant its blossoming.

The repentant are not only healed,

Not only forgiven.

They are restored to a measure

They have never before known.


O Lord!

Grant us true repentance

Individually and corporately

In our churches!

I will be to my repentant people

like a refreshing dew from heaven.

drip drop

Their fellowship will blossom like the lily.

White Rain Lily (Zephyranthes candida) / タマスダレ(玉簾)

It will send roots deep into the soil
like the cedars in Lebanon.

Cedar of LebanonExposed gnarly roots in Fall River Park

Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees,
as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon.

Olive Tree

My people will again live under my shade.


Grape Blossom

They will flourish like grain

 and blossom like grapevines.

They will be as fragrant 

as the wines of Lebanon.

Grant us Lord your restoration.

Photo Credits:
Dewdrops on Harebells by Alan English CPA some rights reserved
drip drop by Joy some rights reserved
White Rain Lily by Toshihiro Gamo some rights reserved
Exposed gnarly roots in Fall River Park by Martin LaBar some rights reserved
Olive Tree by Michael Rosenstein some rights reserved
Grain by Peter Pearson some rights reserved
Grape Blossom by slave Stojanoski some rights reserved

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