Decades ago the story was told of a poor widow who contributed to the Dorpatian Branch of the Russian Bible Society the sum of one ruble. Someone asked her if that was too much for a lady in her financial circumstances. Her reply was classic: "Love is not afraid of giving too much!"
Isaac Watts wrote, "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all." This is the essence of what Jesus discussed with Nicodemus one night 2,000 years ago when he stated, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son..." God's love gave everything!
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.