The ark is wherever people come together because this is a stormy world where nothing
stays put for long among the crazy waves and where at the end of every voyage there is a
burial at sea. The ark is where, just because it is such a world, we really need each other
and know very well that we do. The ark is wherever human beings come together because
in their heart of hearts all of them ... dream the same dream, which is a dream of peace --
peace between the nations, between the races, between the brothers -- and thus ultimately
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.