Israel whined when they thought God would let them die of thirst. Moses must have rolled his eyes when he took their complaints to the Lord. Whiners have usually lost perspective about what's important. Amy Lowell, an extremely self-absorbed U.S. poet, illustrated this malady in spades. She was in London just as WWI broke out. She was late for an appointment, hindered by the crowds in the street, and indignant at the police for not helping her. As she returned to her hotel, she vocalized the whine to end all whines: "Don't they know I'm Amy Lowell?
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.