"It is when we are weak that we can be strong. It is when the false gods fail that the God of grace and glory has a chance. It is when old balances of power shift and leave us vulnerable that the power of God's Spirit can give us the vision of a world at peace. It is when we have spent and spent for that which cannot satisfy that the Bread of Life, proclaimed in love, can nourish a weary people back to health." (Ernest Campbell)
From The Parables of Kierkegaard: "The Happy Conflagration"
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.