As we approach the end of the year and the days get shorter and darker, many people have a difficult emotional time. That's why so many societies worldwide have celebrations during this season that feature light and put the emphasis on celebration. The secular world celebrates Halloween, while the Christian church celebrates the lives of those who have gone before us in the faith. In the United States this is followed by Thanksgiving and then the Christmas (shopping) season. But it is good to talk about those things that we are trying to avoid: darkness and our fear of change.
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.