Although the Sadducees did not believe in the afterlife, many ancient peoples did. The
Egyptians provided food, water, and small objects that would aid the dead in their
journey to the next life. Some pharaohs were even buried with boats for their journey
across the heavens. The aboriginal people of North America buried their warriors with
bows and arrows, even horses so that they could continue to hunt in their new world. The
native peoples of the North buried their children with a dog, who would guide them
across the frozen tundra to the next life.
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.