It is human nature to fight back. We do not like to be forced to take anything off anyone. So we seek revenge; we try to pay back evil. All the time we are doing so, without even realizing it, we are bringing ourselves down to the level of the one who has hurt us. Conversely, by treating evil with good, we rise in stature and character. A family has a son who is a police officer. One night while on duty the radio of his squad car informed him that police in a nearby town were pursuing a car that refused to stop for their siren or flashers.
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.