How determined are we to see our Lord? Is it worth the pain of being faithful to our church? What if the Lord's business conflicts with something else we want to do? Would we climb the highest mountain?
I read about a sports enthusiast who sacrificed his time and money to see a football hero when he came to town. Another wanted to see a famous actress whom he adored! What would a businessman do if he had a chance to meet Warren Buffett? If we make a list of those we would sacrifice anything to see, where would Jesus come on our list?
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.