My name is Rachel, and I am passionate about helping young people challenge, nurture, and develop their faith. I have a day job, but I also spend a lot of time at church, where I find energy and life in the community–especially in the youth.
The title of this blog comes from one of my favorite Bible verses: Hosea 3:1. You know the one (NIV translation) : “The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes. ”
I learned this verse in graduate school where my faith grew tremendously through Lutheran Campus Ministry. When I assisted with middle school confirmation a year later, our pastor–spur of the moment–asked us to teach our small groups a verse we knew by heart. Mind blanking, I thought of “Jesus wept,” the Lord’s prayer, Psalm 23, and Hosea 3:1. Hoping parents and my pastor wouldn’t kick me out of the church for teaching their 8th graders a verse about prostitution, my group and I memorized this verse. I taught them that the people who loved raisin cakes worshiped other gods. This is a beautiful verse about grace: God tells the prophet to forgive, to keep going, to love.
And, more importantly to me, it got them excited about their faith, talking to others about God and what it means to be Christian, and digging beyond the 8th grade humor of the word adulteress. It spurred their interest, got them digging in their Bibles and asking questions, and helped very different students to share a bond.
This blog will include my faith reflections, stories of adventures with middle schoolers, and other stories that I hope will have the “Hosea 3:1 effect” on you as well.
Welcome to this journey, and please feel free to comment and/or contact me.