Children from the earliest ages on like to play hide-and-seek. It remains a favorite household and neighborhood game, because all, young and old, can play. It can be played with all kinds of variations. Unfortunately, some people never outgrow the game. They find ways to play hide-and-seek in their businesses, marriages and human relations in general. When they do, they usually invite disaster in one form or another. Even more catastrophic is when people try to play hide-and-seek with God. Some try to avoid the presence of God, pretending that God does not exist.
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.