Simon the magician wanted to purchase spiritual power and wisdom for himself. Sometimes we, too, equate religion with magic and seek instant spiritual answers on demand. This is especially noticeable with those who treat the Bible as if it were an Ouija board. During the Korean Conflict a friend of mine, then a young man, enlisted in the Navy. The night he was scheduled to go overseas, his girlfriend, knowing he was fearful about the future, gave him a Bible. Hoping to find words of comfort, he anxiously flipped open its pages and placed his finger randomly on a verse.
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.