El Yeshuati – The God of My Salvation

Thoughts from my sister, Karli. 6 months in Israel.


“But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.” -Hosea 2:14-15

Clean, clean, clean.

Scrub, scrub, scrub.

Over and over again.

I wanted to make myself clean.

I wanted to drown my past in the sea of shame.

Everything I wanted was in the rain.

I wanted it to pour down,

Washing my insecurities and doubts away.

“Am I worthy?” I thought.

“Am I worthy to be loved?”

I couldn’t see past the dirt on my skin;

The particles kept digging in.

No way could I be deemed royal;

No way…

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