In the early days of the ecumenical movement there was a saying, “Doctrine divides, service unites.” That saying is not exactly true. It is the doctrine of the incarnation — the Word becoming flesh in Jesus — that motivates our loving service to every human being. But, as the prophet Amos protests, a lack of service, particularly to the poor, imperils our relationship with God. Days are coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send famine upon the land: Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water, but for hearing the word of the LORD. The way to see through the doubt and confusion of contemporary life is from the perspective of the poor, for the LORD can be found disguised in their midst.