In the video series Wrestling With Angels, Lewis Smedes narrates a segment dealing with the subject of forgiveness. Part of the video involves Smedes sharing a painful episode from his own life as a context for understanding the claim broken relationships place on our lives and the power of forgiveness to transform both those relationships and us. In closing he offers a statement that seems poignant and powerful: "We live in a world where people get hurt, where good people hurt us and bad people hurt us badly -- that's a fact about reality.
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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.