It was the mid to late 1700s and a new nation was carving itself out of a new land. The United States of America was in the beginning stages of revolution. There was a new spirit in the land, tempered by a pamphlet called Common Sense, the Boston Tea Party and still other discontent with the British Empire overlords. These seeds of rebellion were being sown throughout the colonies. Seeds of revolution that would come to fruition first on July 4th, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was written and then sealed again in 1789 when the constitution of the United States was written.
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.