Day 27 Devotional & Discussion – March 11, 2016

AMOS 6:4-7

Beds inlaid with Ivory, luxurious couches. These seem to be the trend in upscale homes of Amos’ day. Yet, the people are condemned for their complacency and for not grieving “over the ruin of Joseph.” (Joseph is not a person but a representative name for the community.) Those with economic means do not seem to be aware of or concerned about the economic state of the rest of the community. Our communities are often divided by economic class so that those with economic means are isolated geographically from those who are “ruined”.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does “grieving for the ruin of the community” look like?
  2. What action could you take to identify more closely with those who do not enjoy the “luxury” of a bed?
  3. Is there any way that people of faith could bridge the divide between islands of wealth and communities of poverty? If so, describe it.
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One comment

  1. I have previously described challenges as I was a part of the working poor, for many decades. One of my volunteer pursuits is to do phone counseling (I am licensed). I find that a spiritual praxis stimulates hope in many people. Jesus was a leveler , challenging unjust hierarchies. Faith that is inward and outward directed allows us to meet people where they are. When we allow people’s stories to intersect with Scripture, we move from a top down orientation to a dialogical perspective. We then interpret Scripture in terms of Jesus’ ministry. We challenge and serve.

    Many find Hebrew Scripure to be harsh, but far less so when we read many passages categorically. Further, Jesus’ ministry and teaching may be seen as an explication of the Hebrew Bible.

    For myself, the bottom line is love. There are many vehicles to demonstrate love. Love is the great leveler. The most radical thing I do is to show up in life, and participate in my daily activities with love. We all have our own unique sphere of influence. We widen this sphere in listening and sharing.

    Psychological training asserts that we be “objective” and relegate our own hurt to areas outside the therapeutic relationship. But when we, appropriately, share our hurts, we level the playing feel, and it frequently is a source of strength.

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