"But when the time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman...." God does not appear as we expect him to. He does not enter our world in the blaring, shallow voices of the loud and obnoxious. God comes as a child. What does God look like? We might have expected to see him sitting among the powerful, televised and good-looking. We might expect to see God in abundance, among the wealthy, the pampered. But instead God comes to us in simple ways. He comes to us as bread and wine. "So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son God has made you also an heir" (v. 7).
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.