In a tourist area, a working potter with a wheel can gather a crowd anytime. It is fascinating to watch a vase or pot emerge up from the spinning wheel, molded by the deft hands of the potter. Sometimes there is a mistake or an imperfection in the material. The clay is simply thrown back into the mix to be "recycled" and again brought to the wheel. Jeremiah knew this process from the marketplaces of cities of his time and saw in it a parable for God's work with the chosen people. Because they were chosen, God's will shall be done through and in them no matter what they do.
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.