How can I abandon you, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart is aching within me;
I am burning with compassion!
No, I can’t do it! I cannot act on my righteous anger!
I will not turn around and destroy Ephraim!
For I am God – no mere mortal –
the Holy One who walks among you!”
I am certain of God’s fondness for all creation, even those things created queer. But from time to time I am less sure of God’s tolerance of faith communities. This passage gives me hope that even we religious types are not beyond the pal of God’s care.
May we, who are avid lovers of the Sacred, never lose the ability to be wooed by God.