"The wicked are like the troubled sea; for it cannot rest, and its waters toss up mire and dirt." The wicked are torn, a mighty struggle going on within.
A middle-aged woman was observed by the pastor to be a deeply troubled person. She was always struggling to find peace with God, but could never find it -- either with God on with herself. Finally, late one night she phoned and came to the pastor's house, and there she told him him of an awful secret that troubled and burdened her.
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.