I grew up in a household that contained many Bibles. When I was baptized as a teenager, the pastor gave me another Bible. I wondered to myself, "Why do I need another Bible?" I placed it on my nightstand and forgot about it. One day I picked it up and read it. I started underlining passages that spoke to me. I started going to my bedroom earlier so I could read more of the Bible. And amazingly, it was that Bible that helped me deepen my relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I found in that book the living and active word of 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.