Some 10 to 14 million people in the United States, and some 10 to 20 percent of the world's population, suffer from serious depression. It may result from the loss of a friend or relative, or a job, or from failing in some important function in life. Some believe that depression also can be caused by experiences in childhood, while others believe the cause lies in a chemical imbalance. Depressed people may experience loss of appetite for food and pleasure, insomnia, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, an inability to concentrate, and recurring thoughts of death and/or suicide.
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.