Armor is made out of material we trust. In medieval times, armor was made from leather, and later made from bronze, iron, or steel. Medieval folk trusted these materials to protect them from enemy blows. In more recent times — the year 2003 — a group of teenagers constructed “armor” made of Mountain Dew cans. Why? Because they like to drink Mountain Dew. They put their trust in Mountain Dew to quench their thirst and give them energy; and perhaps a suit of Mountain Dew armor would neither quench nor invigorate, they built it as a tribute to the drink they enjoy.
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.