At the end of the 1997 National Football League season there was a lot of debate around morning coffeeshop tables concerning which player was the most valuable player in the league. The two favorites were Barry Sanders, who had a marvelous year running with the football, and Brett Favre, who had won the award the two pervious seasons. The debate was not ended with the announcement that the two players had tied in the voting and would share the award. Who really was the most valuable player? Professional football teams have over fifty players.
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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.