"The home of God is with mortals." Many churchgoers I know talk about going to heaven
and assume that they will be eternally happy there. Perhaps they will enjoy it, but
something about many of those folks makes me skeptical. Their body communication
contradicts their words, for they are restless in God's presence. They can barely spare
sixty minutes a week to praise him. They squirm when the church clock ticks off more
than an hour. Far more at home playing cards, watching the NBA or NASCAR, can they
possibly endure eternity praising God?
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.