The Psalmist cries out "O, magnify the Lord with me" (Psalm 34:3), and we make take that as our invitation and our calling this holiday. The occasion and Scriptures combine to give us that opportunity. They give us the chance to magnify the Lord.
When I was a boy, I misunderstood the phrase "magnify the Lord." It made no sense to me, for I thought that you can't make God bigger than he already is. And, of course, we can't. But what we can do with him is something akin to what we do with any magnifying glass: we can try to look at him more closely and to see him more clearly.
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.