"Ooh, how gross!" several people exclaimed as he put the applesauce over his chocolate cake. While that may not appeal to you either, how about the people who put ketchup on almost everything? People come up with the combinations that they like, whether you like it or not. Along comes John the Baptist, and people said, "What is it with this man?" Some questioned the way he lived. You know there is something wrong with a person who lives out there, almost like a hermit. His style of dress or undress offended some. And his diet!
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.