More than we realize our lives are surrounded by symbols of authority. Officers of the law wear their badges, for such are proof that the officer has the right to question or even arrest those he catches in some misdemeanor. The young physician or dentist, beginning practice, proudly displays diplomas from medical school and the certification of one's right to practice granted by the State Board. Lawyers, too, display their law school diplomas and their State Bar certificates. Even ministers proudly display diplomas from college and seminary and their certificates of ordination.
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.