Elijah had lost all perspective. He told the Lord that he was the only one left in all Israel who hadn't worshipped Baal. Children can lose perspective -- "I am the only one not going to the dance; I am the only one who doesn't have Nike shoes." I know of an individual who spent a year in Vietnam. One night while out on patrol they were hit by the Viet Cong. They were pinned down all night by the enemy. Apparently the Viet Cong felt that this patrol was stronger in numbers than it really was.
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.