Prayer: Lord, help me to be perfect. Amen
Reading: Amos 7:7-17 (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?
Reflection: Imagine a piece of string with a weight attached to the end hanging from your ceiling. If it ever stops swinging, you will have a way to make sure that everything in your house is straight. Another way to think about this is the job of hanging wall paper. If the first piece is not absolutely straight (that is “plumb”) you will have a mess in short order. Each piece of paper you hang will get more and more slanted. (Trust me—I know of what I speak!).
God hangs a plumb line in front of Amos as way of getting the attention of the people. There is straight, and then there is almost straight. Almost straight won’t work. Sometimes we hedge in our efforts to do the things God requires of us. But, in the end that means we are “almost” right. It is, of course, impossible to measure up to God’s standards. But, we can try. God hangs this plumb line to remind us that we need to be aware of what God wants from us and to make an honest effort to live by His standards. --Jim Bricker
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