"Hands, hands, fingers, thumb; dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum!" Dr. Seuss' playful poem helps kids read and enjoy the particularities of the parts of the hand and what it can do. Isaiah refers to hands that are full of religious practices, but devoid of ethical action. Isaiah would have liked the Peanuts cartoon where Linus is waxing eloquently over his hands as he eats a sandwich, imagining that his hands may one day build mighty bridges, hit home runs, or write soul-stirring novels.
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.