We have been warned about evil in many ways. Some of you know about Procrustus, the Greek god who guarded the gates to Athens. Athens was the center of culture, power, and beauty in the ancient world, but to get there you had to pass by Procrustus and his bed. Whatever part of you didn't fit on his one-size fits all bed, he chopped off. If you were too tall, your legs went. If you were too short, you were stretched. Procrustus is a form of evil called conformity. Conformity says we are all to be one size and one shape.
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.