In You the Fatherless Find Love

Hosea 14:3 Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses, neither will we say any more to the work of our hands [idols], You are our gods. For in You [O Lord] the fatherless find love, pity, and mercy.

Savior,

We humbly bow before you to ask forgiveness and to make a promise. That other country Assyria is not going to save us. Our stallions, no matter how stately, beautiful and ominous won’t deliver us from war. And least of all would the gods we formed with our own hands be our gods. Lord why haven’t we realized it? In You the fatherless find love, pity, and mercy. Where can we go but You? Whom have we in heaven or earth but You? You’re our God and we choose to serve the One who has love, pity and mercy on us. Save us. Give us peace.

Love You,
Donna

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3 thoughts on “In You the Fatherless Find Love

  1. The religious concept of pity was reinforced in the West after the acceptance of Judeo-Christian concepts of God by the proposition of a deity which felt pity for all humanity. Consistent references to the concept of God’s pity can be found in the older Jewish tradition. The Hebrew word “Hesed” translated in the LXX by “Eleos” carries the meaning roughly equivalent to pity in the sense of compassion, mercy and loving-kindness. (See The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, 698a.) By the nineteenth century, two different kinds of pity had come to be distinguished, which we might call “benevolent pity” and “contemptuous pity” (see Kimball). David Hume observed that pity which has in it a strong mixture of good-will, is nearly allied to contempt, which is a species of dislike, with a mixture of pride. It is an emotion that almost always results from an encounter with a real or perceived unfortunate, injured, or pathetic creature.

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