Lord, give us ears to hear

One way (possibly) to express what the word of God means in full (besides getting so narrow to say it means only the Bible) is this passage in Amos:

9     On that day, says the Lord God,
I will make the sun go down at noon,
and I will darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your feasts into sad affairs
and all your singing into a funeral song;
I will make people wear mourning clothes
and shave their heads;
I will make it like the loss of an only child,
and the end of it like a bitter day.
11 The days are surely coming, says the Lord God,
when I will send hunger and thirst on the land;
neither a hunger for bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the Lord ’s words.
12 They will wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they will roam all around, seeking the Lord’s word,
but they won’t find it. (Amos 8:9-12)

The famine of the word isn’t about lacking a printed word. It’s about the Lord not speaking any longer. There isn’t a “fresh word” from God.

It’s not something in addition to the written word. It is the ability to hear God.

Lord, give us ears to hear! Let the written word be made alive by the Living Word! Without hearing the Living Word, the written word can be right in front of us and we are still blind! We could still be deaf!

Speak to us, Living Word. Let us hear your word to the Church today!


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