Appearances can be deceiving. Naaman was not impressed by the Jordan River, preferring the rivers of Damascus instead. No doubt, neither would the muddy, mighty Red River of the North have impressed him as it meanders along the border of North Dakota and Minnesota, flowing northward for over 500 miles into Lake Winnipeg, Canada. With a clay bottom, the Red River is extremely murky and very unappealing. It has the appearance of a very dirty river. However, clarity should not be equated with cleanliness. The Red River is one of the top 25 purest rivers in America.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
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.