Thursday, December 10th Connie Devenport

Amos 8:4-12

6 Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria, the notables of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel resorts!  Cross over to Calneh, and see;  from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines.  Are you better[a] than these kingdoms? Or is your[b] territory greater than their[c] territory,  3 O you that put far away the evil day, and bring near a reign of violence? 4 Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall;  5 who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on instruments of music; 6 who drink wine from bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!  7 Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile, and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away. 8 The Lord God has sworn by himself (says the Lord, the God of hosts):  I abhor the pride of Jacob and hate his strongholds; and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.

My first thoughts about this scripture is… Those that are first will be last. Don’t make the things you have become what you are.

I think of all the good things I have in my life and hope that in the site of God I have done MY best to share with others that do not have as much as I.  Have we shared enough?  Have we done what we could, when we could? I have tried to instill in my children (the ones I have given birth to, and those that I haven’t) the importance of thinking of others and sharing with people.  If we all give a little we can do a lot to change the world.

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