Prayer: Help me, Lord, to care for my neighbors.
Reading: Amos 8:1-12 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
God is just a tad angry, don’t you think? Sun down at noon. Mourning at feasts. Every head bald. Famine. These are all God’s doing because He is not happy with the folks of Israel. What could possibly warrant His anger? The needy and poor are trampled. The Sabbath is defiled. Greedy cheating is rampant. People are exploited.
We don’t like hearing the law. Sometimes it means that we have to change, repent, act differently. So, let’s at least take today’s lesson as a reminder. We need to live in our world as changed people. Amos would tell us to send resources to the local food pantry and be honest in all of our dealings. And he would remind us to be advocates for those who have difficulty speaking for themselves.
Reminders are better than laws, sometimes! --Jim Bricker
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