"Therefore wait for me," says the Lord. Waiting is the one thing needful and the hardest thing of all. The city was in disarray, the prophets and priests lazy and the city officials corrupt. Time for action? Right? Wrong. Time to wait.
The Lord was ascending into heaven. He had just told his friends, "You shall be my witnesses ..." Time for action? Right? Wrong. Time to wait ten days for Pentecost.
What do you do while waiting? Pray. Read. Study. Gather in fellowship. Support. All preparations for action. Waiting is faith development time.
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.