Children do it more obviously. Spouses practice it more subtly: selective hearing. People
hear what they want and tend to ignore the rest. Pastors are sincerely complimented on
what they did say in their sermons, which makes up for some of the blame they receive
for what they also didn't say.
We do it with one another and we do it with Jesus. Jesus tells us to be reconciled and we,
instead, file suit. Jesus tells us to be at peace and we, instead, shout, "Support the troops."
Jesus tells us to follow him and we, instead, hire a pastor. Jesus commands us to "Go
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.