God's love is powerful indeed, but it is not an isolated entity. God's love is revealed in the midst of human community, present in our joys and sorrows. When we act in love for one another, even simple gestures can be vehicles for God's presence. Terry Waite, the Anglican Church representative who was held hostage in Beirut, Lebanon for 1,763 days, was in the thoughts and prayers of people around the world throughout his captivity. On the second anniversary of Terry's kidnapping, when it was not even certain that he was still alive, a woman in Bedford, England, acted in faith.
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.