Once upon a time there was a great king known and loved by all his people. His name was honored far beyond the boundaries of his kingdom. He was known for great wisdom and his intense care for the welfare of his nation brought great prosperity and times of welcomed peace.
In a far place things were not so. There were many disputes and much warfare. Two nations in particular were at odds. Their borders touched on one another. There were constant skirmishes and continual threats of war. Open hostilities were barely restrained as spear was held against spear.
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.