The eighteenth-century Polish rabbi, Baal Shem Tov, began what would be called the
Hasidic movement. He was earthy and practical, yet also mystical. After the death of the
rabbi's wife, a teacher related: "The Baal Shem Tov believed that, like Elijah, he would
rise up to heaven in a storm. When his wife died, he said: 'I thought that a storm would
sweep me up to heaven like Elijah. But now that I am only half a body, this is no longer
The divine connection felt between spouses is like the divine connection between God's
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.