Elijah, the great man of God, was in despair, ready to quit. But it is like the Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi once put it: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." God did not abandon Elijah, for God is no quitter. He did not quit on the Hebrews, did not quit on Elijah, and will not quit on us. (That is why he sent Jesus.) And that faithfulness is what guarantees that God's ways will prevail, for he is the ultimate winner, the one who never quits! It is as the famed theologian of hope Jurgen Moltmann once wrote: "God is faithful. He does not deny himself.
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.