Americans are now approaching a 0% saving rate, meaning that we are overspending and
undersaving. Economists tell us that we are unwilling to accept a short-term sacrifice in
order to obtain long-term rewards. In other words, we want instant gratification, all the
while hoping that things will work out in the long term. Thus, our credit card debt has
become unmanageable, we buy houses we cannot afford, and we do not put away for
rainy days or retirement.
Israel also appeared unwilling to make short-term sacrifices. They couldn't see the
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.