Don't run in the house. Don't chew with your mouth open. Don't drive through a red light. Don't say things you will later regret. It's far easier to list the things that we shouldn't do, far easier to dole out punishments for misbehavior, than it is to define the things that we must do. Laws set boundaries. Laws draw lines that we cannot cross. In order to protect other people's feelings, to promote public safety, and to assure that we can get along with each other, we make laws that restrict and rein in anything destructive, hurtful, or dangerous.
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.