Paul Valery wrote, "Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder." We are familiar with the panic chaos brings. Chaos and disorder of an invading army can cause brave men and women to panic and to give in to the panic. More subtle is the danger of the order we seek to create when we think we are in charge of the world and try to run it for our own pleasure. When our structures fail, when our agreements of detente fail, war may ensue and we are overwhelmed once more.
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.