Can you imagine the sense of anticipation that must have energized the mind of Simeon, the aged prophet who was often in the Temple in Jerusalem. He was a good, god-fearing man who had a profoundly important secret revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. Because he devoutly believed the scriptures regarding the coming of the Messiah, it was impressed upon him that before he died, he would actually see the Messiah. Maybe this is the reason he spent so much time in the Temple and eagerly scanned the young couples who brought their babies to the Temple for the rite of purification.
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.