The blessings of light are innumerable. We need it in the form of streetlights, or a flashlight, so that we do not stumble in the dark. Christians avoid stumbling into sin by walking in the light of truth which Christ provides. The light of the sun warms the earth, to the benefit of people and the growth of crops, whereby we are fed. Wounds exposed to the light heal more quickly. There are many other benefits as well. Light discourages crimes which so often are perpetrated under the cover of darkness. So we walk in the light of Christ in order to overcome the forces of evil.
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.