This passage is filled with the passion, love, AND frustration of Jesus. Human beings can be so difficult to please. Nothing seems to make us happy. I remembered when I married and received many, many wedding gifts. I looked at a lot of them and thought, "I'll never use that. What in the world would make somebody think I'd ever want this?" I had a big pile all stacked up, ready to return to the stores, and my mother came in. I'll never forget her words, "Sara, don't take those back. When you begin to keep house, you are going to be so glad you have them." Mama was right.
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.