In the fall of 2003, northwestern Africa received higher than average rainfall. The rains
came early in the fall, allowing farmers to prepare their land for early seeding. After the
crop of winter wheat was in the ground, more rain fell, guaranteeing good seed
germination. Everyone was predicting an abundant harvest. The spring was similarly wet,
and the desert vegetation was green and lush.
But underneath the sandy soil lay locust eggs, awaiting the proper wet conditions to
hatch. And hatch they did. Locusts hatched by the millions and northwest Africa suffered
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.