It may be difficult for us today to appreciate a real fear of darkness like that of people long ago. From about 1500 into the 1830s, people talked about being "overtaken" by the night, "shut-in," "covered." Night may have meant fear of demons, witches, and nighthags. In one English parish, Lamplugh, of the 52 premature deaths recorded between 1650 and 1663, four people were frightened to death by fairies, seven were bewitched, and one was led into a horse pond by a will-of-the-wisp. Additionally, there was a belief that night actually did fall, with malignant air descending.
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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.