"Do not save me from death; save me from life!" the character Lilia cries to Joshua in Cecil DeMille's epic, The Ten Commandments. Taken from the Israelites and forced to serve an Egyptian overseer, Lilia prepares to die as the angel of death passes over Egypt. But Joshua will have none of that. He sneaks to the overseer's house at the last moment to paint the door with blood and save the life of the woman he loves. It doesn't matter that by becoming the overseer's woman she has become outcast to the Israelites. It doesn't matter that she is violated, rent with sin, or hurting.
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.