If we are suffering in any way, it can help to know that God's only son was sent to suffer for us. The people in that day were looking for a mighty leader who would get rid of the Romans and make things easier for the children of Abraham. That might have solved the problem for a little while in that day for those people, but instead God chose to suffer so that ALL the people from that day on might find a different kind of freedom: A freedom from worry and concern about the brief sufferings that all are going through. Turn to Him and He will understand!
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.