Humanity has always been lifting its voice to the clouds, seeking to harness the forces of nature. Vocal prayers for rain and ritual dances to "tilt the water-skins of heaven" and high-tech seeding of the clouds to coax a downpour - all are ways to contend with the Lord to hasten his response to satisfy what we feel to be our unmet needs. Ben Franklin flew his kite to seduce lightning along its line so he could draw electricity from it. Actually, that was Plan B for Franklin. He grew impatient with Plan A, which was to use a church steeple with an iron rod attached on top.
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.