In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are forbidden from eating of the tree of life. In the final grand vision of Revelation, however, the leaves of the tree of life are given for the healing of all the nations. That which was originally withheld from humanity as dangerous is, in the age to come, given to humanity for healing. Someone has suggested that God has allowed us to gain new powers only after we have become capable of using them for good. Imagine what would have happened, for example, if Attila the Hun had possessed armed tanks and machine guns.
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.