A small boy visiting the Empire State Building for the first time was accompanied by his mother. As the elevator moved past the fiftieth floor, the boy turned to his mother and asked, "Mom, does God know we are coming to see him full speed ahead?" In our passage from Colossians Paul reminds us all of the Creative glory of the Lord God of the universe. Paul urges us in times of testing to remember our baptism. In baptism we die to sin and are redeemed through the resurrected power of the Savior.
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.