The Bible tells us that after the Israelites crossed the sea and escaped from Egypt, they entered a place called the "Wilderness of Sin." This place had nothing directly to do with that concept of wrongdoing or transgression that in English we call sin. Rather, Sin was the Babylonian god of the moon, one of the chief gods of the nomadic people who lived in the region. Freedom has a price, and now, like the nomads in Sin, the Hebrew people were wandering nomads, traveling through life as people with no place to call home.
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.