These words of exaltation about Christ as the head of the Body and as the one in whom all the fullness of God dwells, remind us of a similar affirmation in the letter to the Hebrews, where the writer says, "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Some years ago, a pastor's son was visiting his father at the nursing home where the father had gone to live. The son always declined the offer to eat with his father, because the food seemed monotonously the same. However, his father never seemed to complain.
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.