Recently we had occasion to visit a company which makes equipment for the paper and pulp industry. The equipment they make is massive and, walking along the foundry floor, I saw much of it in pieces. I recall one piece of pipe that was about four feet in diameter. The finishing touches were yet to be applied to this pipe and sitting there unused it looked barren, cold, and dislocated. There are times when you and I feel that way in our ministries - barren, cold, and dislocated, cut off from God and disconnected to one another. But that's only half the story.
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.