I grew up in a rural community in western Iowa. Our church was a little Evangelical
church just a short distance from our farm home. One of the men of the congregation had
made a small wall motto board with this wording on it: "Keep Looking Up." Perhaps that
is the reason why one of my favorite passages in the Old Testament is Psalm 121, which
begins, "I lift my eyes to the hills...." And a favorite passage in the New Testament is,
"So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above ... Set your mind
on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
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.