We know that it is a universal human experience to deny death. Hospital chaplains, therapists, pastors and families can testify to the fact that normally people greet the medical prognosis that death is imminent with denial. Soldiers report that they cover their universal fear of death with small talk. In Tom Stoppand's play, Rosenkrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead, Rosenkrantz observes that it must have been a shattering moment for each of us when it became clear to us that we are not going to live forever. It must have been a difficult moment, but probably most of us cannot recall it.
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.