Some things just naturally go together. Most restaurants would not think of just putting a salt shaker on the table. It usually is accompanied by a pepper shaker. During my childhood, I can't recall ever seeing an episode of The Lone Ranger without his faithful companion, Tonto, playing an important role in bringing the criminals to justice. In the recent movie, Dances With Wolves, the main character, Lt. John Dunbar, could always depend on his horse, Cisco, to be close at hand. In all of these instances, certain things just go together.
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.