Early in human history, people discovered that they could stir up soil, drop seeds in the stirred up soil, and cause the earth to produce edible vegetation, instead of going out searching for wild vegetation to eat. The tool that was first used to stir up the soil was probably a simple stick. But however simple it might have been, it was the first plow. Sometime in the early Bronze Age plows began to be made of soft metal. Later, cast-iron was used. And then in the eighteenth century, a device was invented that was to change the world: the moldboard plow.
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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.