An earthquake can be misinterpreted, as was the 1755 quake in Lisbon, Portugal, and
60,000 to 100,000 people perished because of it. It also shook people's confidence in
God. Did God cause such a thing? Why would God allow this?
We can draw the wrong conclusions about physical phenomena such as earthquakes. We
are more likely to understand and appreciate human behavior in difficult circumstances,
such as how people respond to being in prison. In 1688, the English Quaker, William
Dewsbury, wrote that he "as joyfully entered prisons as palaces, and in the prison-house,
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.