Believers have tried on many images for God, from "rock" to "judge" to "builder" to
"ground of being." None speaks to the complete reality of one who is beyond language.
But the most enduring image, and the one Jesus himself used, is that of parent.
Parent works. It reminds us that we didn't create ourselves, that we are free but obligated,
that God loves us beyond measure but not beyond caring, that God sees us clearly and
confers both consequences and forgiveness, that God remains at the table, no matter how
painful it is to be in our presence.
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.