This passage draws from stock-in-trade apocalyptic language: wars, earthquakes, famines, and portents. These graphic and haunting warnings are vague, so vague that numerous generations have decided that the end of the world was imminent. Back in the '50s an evangelist in a remote area of Kentucky predicted that the world would end at 3:00 a.m. on a certain day the next month. An old farmer and his two rather dull sons were the only folk who believed the preacher. On the predicted night the three climbed atop a haystack to await the Lord's coming, but soon fell asleep.
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.