After having seen when he was a young lad the dissipation of the sons of Eli, Samuel must now witness the same unfolding tragedy in the lives of his own sons. How can it be that the sons of a man of the stature of Samuel could have turned out so badly that he must now endure the judgment of the elders that "your sons do not follow in your ways"? We tend to laud the achievements of parents when their children turn out well. We give them most of the credit. But what do we say to men like Eli and Samuel, and their wives, when children do not walk in the footsteps of their parents?
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.