My friend is an agnostic. He grew up in a Christian family where church participation
was as common as air and mealtime prayers were daily ritual. He went to Sunday school
and gained familiarity with all the great Bible stories. During his high school years, he
had a charismatic conversion and became a rabid evangelist. Many were bit by his incisor
words and became children of eternity.
My friend read his Bible every day. He even bought an audio version on tape so that he
could listen to it through earphones while he worked his third-shift factory job. At break
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.