They lived in a cave, high on the side of a sandstone bluff. The afternoon sun, on days when there was sun, bathed the cliff face with its life-giving warmth. He loved those light-filled afternoons; they were far too few in number. The change in the weather patterns had been drastic. No one had really seen it coming. Oh, the meteorologists had predicted it with their computer models, but no one had believed them; they may as well have suggested the earth was going to turn 90 degrees on its axis or change its orbit around the sun.
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.