Paul unashamedly voices his love of other Christians. In this passage alone he declares that love in numerous ways: "I thank my God every time I remember you ... praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you ... how I long for all of you...." Paul also acknowledges the love of that congregation, not just as a reciprocal fondness, but as a dynamic force for good. His prayer, he declares, is that their love "may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight" to help them make good moral decisions. Paul's words shout a warning to us all.
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.