The longer I go in life the more I become fascinated with words: how we use them, where
they come from, how their use changes over the years. The Christmas carol, "Deck The
Halls" now takes me to a different place when we get to the line, "Don we now our gay
apparel." I don't mean to be overly cute, rude, or crass but it is an example of how
language can go off in directions that we never anticipated.
In considering these texts, one word kept jumping out at me -- Gotcha. Hold on
to your hats. As the readers of Moby Dick learn more about whales and whaling
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.