Sheep and goats graze together and all day long mix and mingle among themselves through the pasture without a problem. When the sun goes down, however, shepherds must separate the two so the goats can be kept warm and it can become difficult to tell them apart in fading light. Often they will be the same color and of similar form. If nothing else, the shepherd may have to judge by the tail, whether it sticks up or hangs down. In the same way, the righteous and the unrighteous are mixed in together and sometimes it is not always immediately evident who is who.
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.