God continues to tell Amos about cursing and destroying the people. One of the things that they will suffer is the ruination of their usual festivals. “And I will turn your festivals into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation, and I bring up sackcloth on all loins, and baldness on every head, and I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and its end is like a bitter day (Amos 8:10).” I’m particularly intrigued about the idea of the festivals being turned into days of punishment and sadness because today is the first day of Chanukah (and Christmas for those who celebrate). In America in particularly, it’s prime festival season, and to think about this joyous and beautiful time of year being turned into a time of mourning and sadness would be to think of a tremendous loss. There are plenty of days of solemnity already built into the calendar, and even more that become sad for a plethora of reasons. That’s why it’s all the more important to keep these days and seasons of joy and happiness. Wishing everyone blessings during whatever holidays you celebrate, and for the rest of the year!