Watch an inexperienced hiker move along a new path and at some point you are bound to see it. The hiker will stop, pull out a map, and check landmarks in the distance. If all is well, the hiker will smile, or perhaps stand a little straighter, and then continue on the way. If the landmarks are not where they are expected to be, the hiker will look about, puzzle it through, and then move off in a new direction. When it comes to taking a hike, checking the path is crucial. The best hikers know this. They do not take the journey for granted.
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.