It is the power and authority of God that enables us for godly living and all earthy achievement. Apart from God's energy within us, nothing we manage on our own will avail. The Danish king Canute, who ruled England at the turn of the first millennium, grew tired of the extravagant praises of his greatness, power, and invincibility. In a famous incident, he ordered his chair to be set down on the seashore, where he commanded the waves not to come in and dampen him. The incoming tide soon proved the futility of human commands.
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.