For years after the conclusion of World War II stories were told of soldiers rescued from remote islands. They had no idea that the war was over but continued to believe their fate was determined by an ongoing conflict. We are always surprised to find someone who has yet to hear of some astonishing news. Like the disciples at Emmaus, we may find ourselves saying, "Haven't you heard of what's been happening lately concerning Jesus of Nazareth?" However naively, we continue to address one another with news as yet unheard by the other party.
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.