In her book, Unfettered Hope, Marva Dawn observes that it's hard for us, in our
technological society, to have a proper attitude about the importance of work.
Technology, she points out, has changed "things" into "devices." Take the heating system
in our homes, for example. Back in the days of fireplaces and cast-iron stoves, keeping
the stove fed was a task for the entire family. Trees had to be cut down and logs split and
piled up outside the door. The fire had to be kindled in the morning and kept supplied
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.