i am that whore, i do confess.

the derek webb song “wedding dress” has enchanted me since i first heard it my freshmen year of college. when i listen to it, if i close my eyes, i can see the horseshoe bricks and feel the fog of a cold winter day in south carolina, gloomy clouds lingering on the horizon. and i can feel…guilt.

because i am a whore, i do confess

i put you on just like a wedding dress

and i run down the aisle

while i’m enchanted with the song, i’m also shocked. these are strong words to describe a believer, or whoever derek webb is singing about. and yet…God’s word employs the same metaphors to describe His people…Hosea, Ezekiel…over and over again, the metaphor of the unfaithful wife is used to give identification to the Israelites…and it’s still relevant in my life.

though i don’t trust you to provide

with one hand in a pot of gold

and with the other in your side

cause i am so easily satisfied

with the call of lovers less wild

that i would take a little cash…


over your very Flesh and Blood.

God-forgive me. forgive us. for being callous, and insensitive, and…vain. for overlooking your very sacrifice and choosing to depend on the world and its claims to status, fame, and success. help me to put both hands in your side, like Thomas, and truly believe.

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