Chaplains Blog Stardate October 4th 2022

Interpreting Amos for Lanner & Four Lanes recently

Amos 6.1a, 4-7

Complacent Self-Indulgence Will Be Punished

6Alas for those who are at ease in Zion,
   and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
the notables of the first of the nations,
   to whom the house of Israel resorts!
4 Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,
   and lounge on their couches,
and eat lambs from the flock,
   and calves from the stall;
5 who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp,
   and like David improvise on instruments of music;
6 who drink wine from bowls,
   and anoint themselves with the finest oils,
   but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
7 Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile,
   and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.



A Local Version of Amos 6.

Alas for those who put their feet up in Lanner

and those who feel safe on the top of the Hill in Four Lanes

The parish counsellors and the members of parliament, the bankers &company directors to whom the nations look.

Alas for those who lie on Slumberdown mattresses

And lie on couches from Furnitureworld

And eat lamb from Trevarthens the butchers

And beef from the Tesco cold meats cabinet

Who sing idle songs to the sound of the organ

And  improvise upon the keyboard and guitar

Who drink wine from tall glasses

And anoint themselves with moisturiser from Boots

But are not grieved over the destitution of the poor

They shall be the ones who will feel the exile of guilt

And their revelry will be no more……put their feet up 

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