What if I were to invite you to stick your hand into a shapeless bag without telling you the contents of the bag? It could be full of mousetraps ready to spring, or slimy pond scum, or mashed potatoes and gravy. Or it could be full of your favorite candy bars, cuddly Beanie Babies, or dollar bills. Your response to the invitation would probably depend on how much you trust me. Do you trust me to offer you good things, or are you afraid that I might have a mischievous streak that might lead to a prank? You would have to know me, wouldn't you?
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.