I remember a man who suffered for several years from emphysema. The only way he could have a fresh breath of air was by means of an oxygen tank. Even to sit on the front porch he had to be hooked up to the oxygen. He had a line that reached from the dining room to the porch feeding him life-saving air. "I (Jehovah) have placed my spirit (air, wind, breath) on him." We believe this is Jesus, according to what we read in the gospels. That spirit-filled air from God gave him the ability to fulfill all that is described in Isaiah's text.
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.