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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 4, 2019

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WEDNESDAY, December 4

Amos 4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan who are on Mount Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their husbands, “Bring something to drink!”

Oh, the cows of Bashan. Amos’s harsh words are classic in the canon of prophetic proclamation. Advent may be just the season to pause and notice what inspires his ire—and what it says about our own lives.

Bashan is dense, rich pasture land east of the Jordan, between Hermon and the mountains of Gilead. Cattle flourish and so do wealthy, fashionable men and women. Amos knows about them. He also knows their luxurious lifestyles are bought on the backs of underpaid and abused workers.

Luxury rarely happens without creating deprivation somewhere else in the system. Amos shines a light on the relationship between Bashan’s comfort and the suffering of others. What would Amos notice in our time and place? To whom would he ask each of us to be accountable?

MOVING FORWARD: What do you think Amos would say to you or about you?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Sheffield (England), Eastern Zambia, and Easton (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14 | Amos 3:12—4:5 | 2 Peter 3:1-10 | Matthew 21:23-32

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