Let justice roll down like a mighty river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. —Amos 5:24
When I read this verse, I hear it in the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As Dr. King well knew, the call of the prophets of the Hebrew Bible continues to have powerful resonance and compelling relevance for our needy world. We need to be challenged and pushed, because continually turning to God is hard work. Remembering to show mercy to the vulnerable is not always easy; complacency and busyness get in the way.
How would it feel to hear this verse read by a woman, calling other women to work together and to examine their hearts? With Rebecca Seiling’s new book, I have an opportunity to explore this question. In Let Justice Roll Down: Women engaging the world, Rebecca Seiling has prepared a beautiful study of the book of Amos, demonstrating the importance of this text for our times and empowering women to live the message of Amos. She asks the urgent question, “How can we use our hands and our bodies to worship God during the week, after our corporate worship is over?”
Commissioned by Mennonite Women Canada and Mennonite Women USA, Let Justice Roll Down conveys the message of Amos through the lens of the Mennonite commitment to peacemaking, nonviolence, and reconciliation. The author makes clear her status as a woman from one of the wealthier countries of North America, and her writing carries reminders to be aware of one’s social position and cultural identity. The words of Amos will reach the ears of those with material wealth in a different way than it reaches those who suffer material deprivations.
The book is very useful for personal reflection, but ideal for a women’s gathering, small group, or class, where women together can explore what the cry of Amos means for their lives. Each chapter includes a suggested reading from Amos, an overview that contextualizes the verse, questions to ask oneself or discuss in a group, suggestions for songs, and a closing prayer. While written from a perspective of Mennonite Anabaptist theology, women from across denominational lines will find the writing speaks to them.
I encourage you to read Let Justice Roll Down. Let Amos inspire you, and the prayer of Rebecca Seiling fill your heart: “God of justice, come and be light for our eyes.”
Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review purposes. No fee was received.