A parable of the two worms: Once there were two little worms. One was naughty and the other was good. The first was lazy and improvident and always stayed out late at night. The other was always up early and about his business. The early bird got the early worm, and a fisherman with a flashlight got the night-crawler. Moral: YOU CAN'T WIN.
Isaiah looks forward to a day when all the losers of the world become winners. Easter is just that day! For Easter says that through faith in God's resurrecting power we not only can, but will, become winners. Easter makes us all God's winners!
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.