A common word that has become almost a curse is "downsizing." It wasn't even in our vocabulary a few years ago. Besides its use in industry, it washes over into an attitude that says, "Don't overextend yourself," "Take it easy," "Don't let your reach outstretch your grasp." These words are all good phrases, and ones that we need to hear now and then, but the call of Christianity creates some difficulties here. There is no "give and it shall be given you" at this point. Rather, amidst the struggles, the hurts, the downsizing, keep a view of God and God's work.
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.