There is a story from Taiwan of a young king who was dismayed by the practice of human sacrifice, which was done to ensure a good harvest. He outlawed the practice. But when a drought came, and then when crops failed for the second year in a row, he was faced with a delegation demanding a return to the old practice. Seeing that his only choice was to capitulate or face revolution, the young king gave in. He instructed the advocates of human sacrifice to go to a certain tree in the forest the next morning at dawn, and there they would find their victim.
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.