It is the Lord who speaks:
I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart. I am going to give her back her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor a gateway of hope.
There she will respond to me as she did when she was young,as she did when she came out of the land of Egypt. When that day comes – it is the Lord who speaks –she will call me, ‘My husband’, no longer will she call me, ‘My Baal.’
I will betroth you to myself for ever, betroth you with integrity and justice, with tenderness and love;
I will betroth you to myself with faithfulness,
and you will come to know the Lord.
– Hosea 2:16,17-18,21-22
Your promise, Lord. I hold you to it.
Restore me! Let me come to know you anew and love you alone!