At the completion of what must have been a hectic journey, Paul and Barnabas stayed at Antioch "a long time with the disciples." They gave themselves the gift of Sabbath. How important it is to gain support on the journey by offering ourselves the gift of Sabbath.
I recall a lecture by Maria Harris at Defiance College. She said that it doesn't count if on our day off we wash windows, do five loads of laundry and so on. That might be mental nest, a distraction. It may even be necessary. However, God means nest, the challenge to become quiet, to meet and to greet silence.
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.