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Direction...Getting Back to God (4 of 7)
During the Korean War some ten million families were divided and displaced. Families were torn apart. In 1983, thirty years later, the Korean Broadcasting System tried something extraordinary to reunite them. A long telethon was aired that showed at fifteen-second increments those who had been separated from loved ones. Each segment showed the faces of these people holding a plaque that listed their names, the circumstances under which they disappeared, and where they might be contacted.
It was a national phenomenon. Immediately, 3,000 people were restored to relationships that had been dead. And it all happened right on the television screen - reunions filled with screams and shouts and sighs and tears. Even the host of the program couldn't keep from crying. The telethon was watched by 78 percent of the viewing audience of the entire nation. The demand was so great that the telethon was continued for several more days and now, several years later, this telethon of reconciliation is still being run every Friday night.
There is something in the human heart that loves to see people coming home, getting back together. Think back to the last time the nightly news told of a long-lost sister or mother or son being found. How often we've seen television films of such reunions at some airport's terminal gate. Maybe that is why there is a timeless appeal about the story of Hosea, a man who lived over 2800 years ago.
Hosea was a simple Hebrew man who loved his wife Gomer. Yet one day she left him to become a prostitute. Hosea would not accept that decision on her part and vowed to use every means in his power to get her back. Sure enough, one day he saw her for sale at a slave market and bought her back. Gomer, though she was soiled merchandise, was gladly, freely taken back by Hosea as his loved and cherished wife.
The analogy between Hosea and God may be obvious. It is assuredly the reas ...
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