“Alas 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!”–Amos 6:1 (NRSV)
Ease=”to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens;” “to make less painful;” “to make less difficult;” “to lessen the pressure or tension of especially by slackening, lifting, or shifting;” “to maneuver gently or carefully;” “to moderate or reduce especially in amount or intensity.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
To free from something that pains, disquiets or burdens.
There is so much in our world that causes pain. There are people afraid to step out into the world because of how others judge them due to the color of their skin. There are others who are afraid because of their sexual orientation.
To be honest, there are many who are in pain in our world. They are in need of healing and God’s grace. But how can that come about when others don’t see the pain they are creating?
Shouldn’t we be more careful with our words instead of flinging evil and unkind thoughts and words at one another? Unlike the old adage “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me,” words do hurt!
I turn on the television to the news and my skin just crawls. I cringe at how we treat one another. As the daughter of a woman who lives daily with a mental illness, I have seen the affects of words too often. I have seen how those words have hurt my mom. I have seen the stigma that comes with the illness.
We must ease the pain. But we cannot do that alone. We must ask God to come; to stir up his power. But also to stir up power in all of us. Let’s treat one another with kindness. Let’s not sit back and idly watch as others are hurt by mean and unkind words. Let’s ease the pain and brokenness in our world.
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Jesus was born to turn the world upside down. Jesus was born to bring peace and healing and to ease the pain in a broken world. In fact, Jesus’ birth was a megaphone to rouse a very deaf world. A world that doesn’t see the harm it is causing one another.
Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel, stir up your power and ease the brokenness and pain in this broken world.