Maybe sleepwalking is too dramatic a metaphor for the way we live our lives before God opens our eyes. But it will do until something better comes along. I do not know much about the biology of sleep and thus of sleepwalking, but the professionals are not too sure of much of it either. What we do know is that some people walk about a house, treat porch railings as tightropes, and engage in hazardous dances at heads of stairs -- not noticing the awakened world around them or remembering the path next morning. Some functions are there: eyes are open, hands stretch out.
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.