One Memorial Day years ago when our two children were in elementary school my wife and I traveled to New York City. We were amazed to find Manhattan practically deserted. Everyone apparently had left for the beach or somewhere else. We parked without any difficulty across the street from the Empire State Building. Since our children had never seen what was then the world's tallest building, we made this stop first on our quick tour of the Big Apple. From the top of the building the view of metropolitan New York is breath-taking.
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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.