Idolatry comes in many forms. An idol is, of course, anything we put before God. This can be a statue on a shelf but is more likely our job, our hobbies, our house, our cars, or our stuff.
Our Old Testament lesson comes from the prophet Hosea who reminds us that God's love is everlasting. Despite the fact that God had delivered the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and given them a new home in Canaan, the Jews had descended deeper and deeper into idolatry. In spite of their idolatry and their refusal to repent, God could not stop loving his people.
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.