A mild-mannered woman shifted uncomfortably in her pew when the lay leader for the morning read words declaring that only those whose names were written in the Lamb's Book of Life could enter the Eternal City. Everything else about that passage from Revelation appealed to her. Bright images, perfect symmetries, fruit for all seasons, a healing of the nations -- as always, these hints of eternity lifted her in ways she could not fully express. But then, right in the midst of it, there came that jarring note of judgment. It sounded so off key ... so ... so Victorian!
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.