James Stewart describes that great scene in which Faust is engaged with Satan in a game of chess. Faust, who has gambled with his soul, has only a few pieces left, among them, a king and a knight. Blank despair is written on Faust's face, while the devil portrays hellish glee. The many chess players, who observed the painting, readily agreed that the face of Faust told the true story of checkmate and hopelessness. One day, however, a great master of the game came to the gallery. He refused to leave, fascinated and absorbed with their facial expressions and their game.
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.