When we board an airplane we think of that airplane as a single item; it is something that will carry us to our destination. We do not think of that airplane as having many component parts. But an airplane is a very complicated machine, having countless parts, all of which must not only function, but also work in full cooperation with the other parts to make the airplane the convenience that it is. There are wings to make the plane soar. Either propellers or jet streams of air move the plane forward. There is an engine to furnish the necessary power. There are wheels for landing and takeoff.
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.