Many authorities date this song of victory as one of the most ancient portions of the Bible. Without a doubt it is a most militant and seemingly warlike psalm. And there is that in most of us which would like to see decisive victories over evil. The tales of the wild west often culminate in menacing evil at one end of a dusty street facing goodness-personified as a sheriff or marshal at the other. Tension mounts as the two advance on each other, witnessed by the nervous and quite-interested townsfolk who line the boardwalks in front of the stores.
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.