In this past year's Olympic games we were reminded of the extraordinary endurance of certain athletes like the marathon runners and decathletes. These events are always among the most popular in any Olympic competition. There is a special fascination with people who seem capable of endurance beyond any reasonable limits, whether those are the limits of athletic competition, like a footrace of over 26 miles, or persevering in the face of lengthy illness or adversity. We know eventually those limits will be reached and the efforts of the competitor must cease as all resource is depleted.
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.