Before too long we will start thinking about New Year's resolutions. Many of us make them. Few of us really keep them. Those are temporary resolutions for the most part. They usually involve credit card spending, gluttonous eating habits, or moderation in gambling. There are, however, some things we need to put in the past and forget about. If we have not been faithful to ourselves in the spiritual disciplines, we need to put the guilt behind us. Then we can press forward with new hope and courage. The apostle Paul was a spiritual giant, but he, too, struggled with the day-
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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.