Amos Three: Life

“So said the Lord: As the shepherd saves from the lion’s mouth two legs or the cartilage of an ear, so will the children of Israel dwelling in Samaria be saved in the corner of a bed or in the corner of a couch (Amos 3:12).” This strikes me as a verse that the rabbis and commentators would have delved deeply into, so I am assuming that my own analysis won’t be unique or groundbreaking this time around. Regardless, what this verse brings up for me is the idea that every aspect of every living creature is holy and worthy of saving. Without requiring that someone be physically or mentally intact, there’s always something about us that is worth saving, preserving, and cherishing. Each of us has something that makes us unique, a holiness in ourselves that needs to be fostered and nourished.

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