At first, it's fun to keep watch. It's like New Year's Eve as a child: there's a party, and there's lots of pizza, and your parents are having a great time and using the fancy glasses from the china cupboard. You get to play games and watch a big party on television and there are more pretzels and chips than you can possibly fit in your stomach -- although that doesn't stop you from trying. You eat dinner and blow party horns and wear pointy hats. And it gets to be later... and later... It's past your bedtime. And then it's long past your bedtime.
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.