Inspired by Amos 8:11-13
“The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” Amos 8:11 (NRSV)
Imagine a world that is devoid of justice, charity, and love. People just stumble through their days, tossed to and fro by whichever person, power, or faction is currently strongest and therefore dominant. Human beings have no inherent value or dignity, and the earth and all her resources are mere commodities to be bought, sold, exploited, and consumed. There is no hope for the future, no comfort for the present, and no meaning for the past.
Such is the world without the Word of God. For all that many people claim that religion has no authority over their lives, the truth is that the Word of God undergirds much of what makes life worth living. Concepts such as justice, mercy, charity, and the kind of love that values another person above oneself have no authority without the Word of God.
We often take the Word for granted, and we neglect to take the time to read or hear it. When that happens we drift away from those life-giving principles, and we begin to create the desolate world in which God’s Word is scarce. Let us instead nourish the world by proclaiming the Lord’s Word abundantly.
Let us pray. Loving God, your Word nourishes and sustains all life. Help us to share this vital resource with all those who hunger and thirst for mercy, justice, dignity, or love. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.