Isaiah here does not speak of the physically blind, or deaf, or dumb. He speaks of the hearts and minds of the people of Israel, who, on the one hand need to have their hearts and minds cleared to see the wonderful working of God even in the midst of their sorrow, and also need to see and hear the ways in which God, through the prophet, overlooks many of their failings. Isaiah here prophesies the forgiveness of sin. There is a great and old hymn that speaks to this same clearing of heart and mind, the great clarity that comes from being in Jesus.
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.