A man appeared before a judge in order to have his name legally changed. "What is your name?" inquired the judge. "William Idiot," replied the man. "It is obvious to me," said the judge, "why you want to change your name! And what do you want to change it to?" To this question the man replied, "James Idiot." The nation of Israel had been overrun by its enemies. It appeared as if all hope was gone. The enemies of the Jews were convinced that God had forsaken Israel. What other reason could there be to explain the destruction done in Israel by the armies of the enemy?
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.