Daily reading: Amos 8:4-8
May 3, 2015

Focus scripture: “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath so that we may offer wheat for sale, make the ephah smaller, enlarge the shekel, and deceive with false balances.” Amos 8:5

When we believe that our worth is based upon what we can produce and acquire, we find that we are drawn to multitasking, because we believe we can do it all and have it all.

Sabbath rest pushes back against multitasking and blatantly points out the times in our lives when we are never fully present with one another or with God.
Does your mind wander in worship or in prayer about the rest of the day?  It takes practice and determination to silence those voices that pull us away from being fully present in any given moment.

In the passage Amos describes worshippers who are more concerned with turning a profit than they are with embracing the restful renewal that happens during Sabbath.  If we are to understand Sabbath rest as the great equalizer that refocuses us on our love for God and for neighbor then we can see how much these worshippers are missing the mark!

Take time today to be fully present with the people in your life, with your attention open to God’s presence in each moment.

Prayer:  God I seek your presence amidst the large number of priorities in my life.  Help me to slow down, to simplify and put energy and time in activities and projects that bring about joy.  Amen.


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