At this writing the tragic pictures of Rwanda fill the television screens, showing the bodies of men, women, and children lying on the streets and roadways by the hundreds. Many were murdered by their neighbors and soldiers, while others died of disease and starvation. Throughout the world, cries rise up to God. Some are simply prayers for the suffering while others ask, "Why?" and "How long, O Lord, will you allow such an evil world to continue?" No easy answers come, however, and one must rely upon one's own faith and the scriptures: "If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come ...
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.