Why do we so often get stuck on the marginal, the side-issue, the unimportant, and miss Christ?
There were two elderly women who were overheard on their way home from a concert in which a noted violinist had played. "Wasn't that wonderful?" one of the little ladies exclaimed. "Didn't like it a bit," said the other. "The way he blew his nose after the first number spoiled the whole evening."
It is painful to say that we have a lot of folks in our local churches like that: critical, contentious, habitually missing the music and hearing only the blowing of a nose.
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.