God changes his plans for Israel when they acknowledge their sin. Then he will plant them back in their land and watch over them (hopefully so they don't mess up again!). They had only themselves to blame for their exile, but once they admitted their part of the sin, they could be restored. We will each die for our own sin. Again it is clear that wars are often fought because our fathers or grandfathers had done something to make another nation or group hate us. But now there is a new law that we will each suffer and die for our own sins and failures.
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.