Jeremiah's act of buying a plot of land even as Jerusalem is besieged is a remarkable act of hope. Some spacecraft have been exhibits of such hope. Pioneers 10 and 11 carried metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin should other space-travelers find them in the distant future. Voyager 1 and 2 carried an even more ambitious message. Each carried a twelve-inch, gold-plated, copper phonograph record containing sounds and images intended to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. A committee chaired by Dr. Carl Sagan of Cornell University designed the contents.
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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.