There are some events in life that are unrepeatable and linger fondly in the human memory for a lifetime: your first kiss, your first car, your first child. The writer of Hebrews describes the unrepeatable, "once for all" event of Christ's death and resurrection, which lingers in the Christian memory of faith. Unlike the kiss that can be repeated, the car that can be replaced, and children which can be reproduced, Christ's death and resurrection is truly a once for all time event. It is not repeated, nor will it be repeated.
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.