I haven’t seen any black cats, broken mirrors, or leaning ladders – but its not quite noon yet so who knows what the day will bring? Or whether I would even notice if any of those things did appear, as I’m not actually superstitious at all. Except about white lighters…don’t ask.
Though I am excited to see this moon tonight! Bob & Lara said its supposed to have an orange glow. Also, I need to buy a new camera…
But anyway – WHAT’S GOOD, is this fancy-schmancy new blog??? Amiright???
I am so stoked to be re-launching DanielleHewitt.com and I feel like its better than ever! I started working on it last Friday (hence the missing ‘what’s good’ post) and after many hours, I feel like its ready to meet the world!
So, World, meet Blog.
Blog, meet World.
Alright, now – let’s simmer down and get to what’s good, shall we? 🙂
First, I am just so proud of my boy this week! His report card was nothing short of stellar, and he received Perfect Attendance and Accelerated Reader awards. He totally showed 2nd grade what’s up all three trimesters, and finished strong. So proud of him!
Ask your neighbor or coworker to list the “top ten” sins, and you will probably hear a version of the Ten Commandments. Murder, stealing, lying and adultery would probably head the list.
But when God revealed to Amos that he was about to bring judgment upon his people, he cited Israel’s treatment of the poor as cause for punishment. In startling imagery, God said Israel had “trampled” the needy and cheated the poor. The poor, the victims of Israel’s greed and exploitation, had no recourse but to appeal to God. And God listened.
In the New Testament, Jesus repeatedly takes up the often-overlooked cause of the poor. When Jesus preached in the synagogue in Luke 4:16–21, the prophecy he chose to read to reveal who he was came from Isaiah 61:1–2: “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” When Jesus described final judgment in Matthew 25:31–46, he evaluated how well people cared for the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the needy and the imprisoned. Jesus so identifies with the poor in this passage that he says that the good deeds done to the “least of these” were counted as being done to him!
How does the way you live reveal your concern for the poor? Are the poor an afterthought? A nuisance? A perplexing problem you’ve quit trying to solve? For many of us, Amos’s message challenges us to serve the poverty stricken in ways besides simply giving money. Volunteering in a food pantry or rescue mission may be the first step to helping poor people with their immediate needs. Working directly with people who are poor helps us to put names and faces on poverty. When we do that, we can no longer objectify and ignore the needy. But are there ways to take our compassion one step further? How can we speak up to make sure the poor aren’t exploited? How can we work to make sure our institutions don’t make the problem worse? How can we vote for policies and practices that are equitable?
It is God’s desire that we be willing to share what we have with those in need and help the poor whenever we can. When we do, our hearts beat in time with his.
- What are your assumptions about why someone might be poor?
- Have you ever been without what you needed to live? What did you do?
- Why do you think God identifies himself with the poor? What does that tell you about his character?
Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, “When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”—skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales.
And this gem that can be found in print RIGHT HERE.
For the good stuff I shared elsewhere:
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, Grandpas, and Dads-to-be!
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