"If it's not plumb, it won't run." Those were the words of advice from my father-in-law
when I was trying to get a large cuckoo clock to run. So I used my level, made sure the
clock was "plumb" straight up and down, and it ran accurately.
With God's direction, Amos was attempting to line up the Israelites so they would run
according to God's direction. God's accurate plumb line showed how crooked things
were. The political leadership and the religious leadership had failed. They were
following their self-centered way instead of God's way.
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.