Consider the humble dollar bill, which despite the assault on it by the Susan B. Anthony dollar and the more-recent Sacagawea dollar, has held its own in the tills of shops and the pockets of Americans. When was the last time you looked at it carefully? It is full of images and words and symbolism. It has the picture of George Washington, the Father of the country. "The United States of America" is emblazoned on both sides. The Great Seal of the United States is reproduced on the reverse, with its eagle and its strange eye-topped pyramid.
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.