sigh. Another occasion when I hit "save" rather than "publish". And never noticed. Must have been one of the eeeevil cats distracting my attention or something like that.. Now, it's not like I'm getting paid for this, the intention is something else. But one does like to be efficient and all that, and this does not make that standard. Apologies.
Our reading assignment in the Old Testament takes us into the Minor Prophet, Amos, chapters 1, 2, and 3. Now, note that this takes place back in the time of King Uzziah, so the destruction has yet to occur and that is a major part of the warnings and prophecies here.
I always get a bit nervous when I read the passages we've been in, starting back in Isaiah and continuing here and after. Doom. Destruction. Death. Punishment. Judgment. Gruesome examples of loss of life, including, one suspects, to those who were not guilty of anything, like children including the pre-born. Nasty. Yet, looking around our land, the offenses being judged and punished, are little better, little different in fact, from the day-to-day world. So, can it happen again?
Our reading in the New Testament is chapter 5 from the Revelation. More hard reading. And will become far more so.