Often, in the affairs of life, Ahimaaz is followed by the Cushite, the good news followed by the bad. Ahimaaz brings word that we have won the battle, but then comes the Cushite reminding us what the victory cost. How glorious is life in its youth and at its prime -- but then come wrinkles and rheumatism. How noble seems the struggle when freedom's champions take the field -- but when the battle is over, the survivors must total up the cost in life and limb and heartbreak.
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.