For months the land and people had been at the mercy of the hot sun. There had been no rain, hardly a cloud. The ground had cracked open under the heat. Plants withered and died. Even the stoutest tree showed signs of suffering in this drought. One day the people awakened to an overcast sky. The morning was gripped with expectation. The leaves of the plants seemed to turn up, like hands begging for mercy. The cattle seemed restless. Everyone peered out the windows oftener than usual. Then it came. First, drop by precious drop; then a long, soaking rain.
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.