An early explorer in the Amazon valley felt swallowed up in endless forest, far from the ocean that could carry him home. However, one day he was surprised to notice a slight rise and fall of the water level in a small creek. Although he stood nearly 600 miles from the Atlantic, yet even here the pulse of the ocean was felt. So it is, Paul writes, with those in Christ. We are promised much that is yet distant, but for now we have been given the Holy Spirit. That indwelling Presence within us is evidence that what may seem yet far away is real, and that we indeed will reach it someday.
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.