God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. We were
hopelessly lost, still sinners, in rebellion against God and his Son, our Savior. Rarely in
human history has someone gone, risking their life to save the life of another.
In 1915, T. E. Lawrence was traveling across a formidable stretch of desert with some
Arabs. Normally hoods are used to protect from cold, but in the midst of burning heat
they were wearing hoods over their heads to protect them from the blazing hot, blowing
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.