John A. T. Robinson was the Bishop of Woolwich (Great Britain) in the '60s. He wrote much about what Christians call the last things. In his book In the End God, he compares life to a chess game with The Supreme Being. God is "the master chess player (taking) on the novice," represented by humans. Individuals are free to make any move in the game. God does not know precisely what each action will be. However, God always is able to make a counter move. In the end, God wins. Whatever move humans make, [God] "will be able to counter it and win."
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.