God promises to blow against the people of God like a desert wind. One desert wind that
blows across Palestine is the samum or simoom wind. This dry, dust-filled wind can
bring heats that exceed 54º C (131º F) and have a humidity lower than 10%. Samums are
caused by intense ground heat under cloudless skies. They blow in a circular or cyclone
formation, and the sudden onset of a samum can cause heatstroke because they heat the
body quicker than its perspiration can cool it. Little wonder these winds are called
samum, which means poison wind. Was this the wind God would bring against
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.