Joan Osborne's 1995 pop single "One of Us" asks questions that we don't want to know the answers to. "What if God was one of us?" "If God had a face, what would it look like? And would you want to see if seeing meant you have to believe?" The music video for the song shows a "face-in-the-hole" booth at a carnival. The cutout shows a flowing white beard and robe, like the depiction of Father Time at New Year's. In the course of the video, one person after another poses with their face in the cutout: children, adults, men, women, black, white, pierced, well-made-up. What if God was one of us?
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.