From childhood many of us have been told that we had to do this or that in order to please our parents, teachers, and God. At Christmas we may have been told that if we were not good boys and girls we would only get a lump of coal in our stockings. The emphasis has been on what we must do to please others, especially God. Little thought was ever given about what God has done and is doing for each one of us. Listen again to the emphasis in Jeremiah: "I will make a new quality agreement (deal) ... I will place my teachings within them, inscribing them on their inward persons ...
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.