Sometimes non-Christians are ripe to hear and respond to Christian realities. That was true for the disciples of John the Baptist who became Christians. I met a Hindu couple who were invited by friends to come to church to witness a special baptismal service. The Hindu woman was helping us set up for the baptism. As we neared the altar she stopped, afraid to proceed. The large imposing cross and the altar with its sacred objects caused her to be in holy dread of approaching too close. She knew this was a sacred area and was in awe of its spiritual power.
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.