How sad a passage! It looks like there is no hope for God's people. Can we ever relate to that? Growing up in our country makes it hard to share the feelings of the writer who is lamenting or crying. Some of our ancestors may have felt like that before coming to this country. I felt some of it among the Seminoles and other Native Americans, whose land was taken from them and some of whom became like slaves. In the 1880s the Seminoles were taken into exile in Florida, then Alabama, and then Oklahoma before being given a small part of the land that had been theirs for centuries.
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.