Photo taken at the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center. It was created by Maya Lin (the same woman who created the Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C.) and features the biblical quote used by Martin Luther King, Jr. at the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and again in his I Have a Dream speech…
“Until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a might stream.”
From the quiet, prayerful heights of the hills of pasture, Amos hears the word of the Lord in judgment to the nations that lie below.
Take your arm and make a grand sweep in a figure eight, beginning from your upper right to lower left, upper left to lower right. This marks the geographic relation of countries indicted by Amos, crisscrossing from the northeast to southwest, from the northwest to southeast. The cross closes in at the center, as Judah and Israel are included in the judgments.
The energy of the voice of the Lord flowing down the hills through Amos must match the energy of the evils to be requited. Rather than be threatened by a God who punishes, rejoice to know a God who sees to it that pernicious evils will come to an end.
O Lord God: mercy on me 1.3ff
Brothers, sisters: all are one. 1:9
Slow to anger; quick to love 1:11
Loving the law of the Lord 2:4
This is the second of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the Minor Prophets.
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