In 1851 Herman Melville published Moby Dick, a novel considered by many to be the greatest American novel. Moby Dick was the name of a great white whale who was madly pursued by Captain Ahab, who had lost a leg in an earlier encounter with the whale. Ahab had become obsessed with vengeance, blinding himself to all else in life. He had become a fanatic with one cause: kill the whale! Critics have speculated that in Melville's mind, Captain Ahab's obsession represented the human quest for an elusive God.
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.