Sometimes God appears to remove the salvation God has begun in history. Barbara had grown up in an active Christian family. Following graduation from a small Christian liberal arts college, she entered seminary, with the intention, if all went well, to enter the ordained ministry. Her seminary work was well received, but she seemed to suffer from disastrous field placements, being the victim of abusive supervising pastors. Nonetheless, she continued on schedule in her program. Along the way, she met another young student at the seminary and they subsequently became engaged and married.
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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.