Amos 8:1-12 for Sunday, July 21, 2013

Getting the Message




Amos 8.1-12 for Sunday, July 21, 2013


Hi There!
I am glad you have visited my podcast. Like last week, we are attempting to pray with the prophet, Amos, with his strange and hard words of rebuke for the people of Israel, as they have apparently abused and used the poor and the weak in their society. What’s this like for you? What is it like for you to pray contemplatively with Amos? I’m curious.

I have heard more than one scholar point out the strange fact that the Judeo-Christian scriptures, of all of the world’s holy religious texts, are the only ones which have prophetic rebuke of the followers of the tradition saved and cannonized for all to see and remember. Perhaps our praying with these words and not just studying and analyzing them in their historical context (which of course we need to do as well at other moments) can allow God to speak richness down into our lives like no other form of reading of the texts.

May your day be filled with guidance, strength and grace from God.

Artwork: Getting the Message by Jan Richardson (

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Published by Todd Spencer

I am a spiritual director, a minister of spiritual formation, a husband and father. I live in the beautiful town of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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