Welcome to St. Paul's!
From Inside the Collar
Hosea is a mirror for the heart of God. This prophet was given the extraordinary task of imitating in his own life how God feels in his relationship with us!
While we have inherited (from the Greeks on) the idea that God is above emotions, Hosea provides an emphatic "No" to that idea and reveals the depth of God's pain and anger and longing for restoration with us. He also shows the tender strength of the intimacy of God's Love for us in using the metaphor of marriage and children.
God called us. We loved him for awhile. Then we went and did what everyone else was doing, eventually congratulating ourselves for not needing God. All the while God is the one supplying our every need! He is angry, betrayed and wants to punish us. Yes, there are consequences for our thoughts and behavior! Yes, God is angry. Yes, we fail from time to time and Yes, it is a very big deal. Yes, there is judgement in the Bible. God struggles. God struggles BECAUSE He loves us so very much! Read Hosea 11:1-9.
Best: God's love wins over his anger (11:8c-9).
The struggle is real. The Victory is real. You are not in it alone.
Mobile, Loaves and Fishes
Dear MLF Friends,
You have been so committed to our food ministry – bless you! –that this is a painful bit of news: Our Harrington Hall meal visits are suspended, because a change of their oversight agency (from House of Hope to Crossroads) has resulted in Amos House assuming the shelter’s meals, starting right now. We had hoped to continue at least through July, and have just learned this will not be possible. So thank you for your sign-ups for July; we will not be making a run to the shelter this month.
Please don’t go away! We will be taking food to another needed destination, hopefully next month. Of course when our next food destination is identified, you will be informed. There is still too much hunger in Rhode Island, and we are committed to helping feed the homeless and hungry, with your help.
Blessings and love.