It's a picture of God that we see again and again throughout the pages of scripture.
We see it in the familiar story of the shepherd who leaves the 99 in order to pursue the
one lost lamb. And, again, a few verses later, we see it in the father running to meet his
prodigal son. We see it also in the cherished portrait of Jesus standing at the door and
knocking. And we see it most dramatically in the Bethlehem stable. It is a picture of a
God who comes to us.
It is not a rare thing. Indeed, it so prevalent a pattern in scripture that we might not even
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.