As volunteers continue to clean up the physical devastation of the December 26 tsunami wave, people of faith continue to struggle with cleaning up the spiritual devastation left in the wave's wake. Some would argue that a sparrow does not fall from the sky without the blessing of the Lord. They argue that everything is part of God's divine plan. The writer of 1 Peter confronted the question just as we do, asking, "Who would harm those who desire to do good?" Yet, his experience and ours says that those who desire to do good are sometimes harmed! It isn't fair. It isn't just.
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.