If confession is good for the souls of humans, then it must be good for God as well: "I kill, and I preserve life; I wound and I heal." There are two sides to our God, although we may not always want to hear about it. The writers of scripture saw God the way we sometimes refuse to see God -- as a human being. Their idea of God brought heaven down to earth, making God more real than the gods of other religions. God may not always fulfill our fantasies about the divine, but at least honesty is implied -- God has given to us a straightforward confession.
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.