Foundation, base, cornerstone: structures of the universe. In the ancient world, the universe was viewed as constructed in three stories, simple and easy to comprehend. There was the foundation, the deep under-pilings that supported the entire structure. Upon the foundation (whether pictured as pillars or a turtle or an elephant), was the earth, a table top upon which life teemed. Over the earth was the sky, the heavens, the abode of the divine, from which light and the rains came forth to sustain life on the earth.
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.