We now set sail for Jerusalem, the events of holy week, and the hope of Easter morning.
There is the old New England story of the farmer that, in giving driving instructions to
the flatlander, informs them that they can't get there from here. The story's humor
revolves around the absurdity of such a statement. Of course you can get there
from here. However, as I have watched the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill in
Ottawa, Canada, I have noticed that before they actually begin there has to be a lot of
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.