The search for God is one that is taken in many ways. Sometimes, people gifted with the most intelligence have the most difficult time coming to faith, for at every turn they want to analyze and argue about things that can only be held in the trusting arms of faith and belief. One person once shared a story about his own search. His intellectual bent was towards philosophy, and he knew that his search was for the truth, wherever the truth might be. In reading the Gospel of John, he heard Jesus talk about truth. "I am the true vine" (John 15:1); "...
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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.