Herbert Marshall served in the British merchant marines during World War II. He
described his experience, explaining that all the men on board had to wear life jackets
most of the time. He said, "They got terribly soiled and foul-smelling and, after a while,
you detested them. Coming to port, finally, at the conclusion of my tour of duty, I threw
mine overboard, and watched it sink."
The inhabitants of Jerusalem put their faith in themselves, not God. When the city went
down, it was as if they had chosen to wear faulty life jackets on a sinking ship.
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.