Over the years, I grow more cynical about Christmas and just about everything that
goes along with it. I have not become a scrooge, although the advancing years have made
me more careful with my pennies. It is not that I cannot be moved by the lights, the
music, and the fellowship of the holidays. I have not become an insensitive, unfeeling
clod. My problem is that the language and the images and the music seem to have fallen
short in expressing what must have been the feelings of the real human beings going
through the events recounted in this story.
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.