Humans long for signs from God or from the Bible. Ernest Gordon, a prisoner of the
Japanese in WWII, worked on the railway to Myanmar (Burma) that crossed the Kwai
River. He reported that men, especially early in their imprisonment, looked at the Bible
as full of signs that offered mathematically precise predictions heralding the end of the
world and of their imprisonment.
Humans desire signs from God so much they make them up. William Joseph Simmons
revived the Ku Klux Klan in the early twentieth century. He gazed at clouds one day and
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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.