Magic supports the plots of such cable-favorite programs as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. Through magic, the forces of evil are confronted and the powers of nature are harnessed. Human beings, armed and charmed with magic, are empowered to save the day and bring about an increase of good in the world. God, as such, is absent from this worldview. Humans are left alone to struggle with the forces of darkness illuminated only by the light of their own spirit and with whatever aids there may be available, like the incantation of magic formulas to serve in their battle against evil.
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.