If we take Paul literally and never close our eyes to sleep, soon we would not notice anything at all, not even the return of Christ. In order to "stay awake" and be alert, our bodies need to get enough sleep for healthy living.
If Paul is responding to questions raised by the Thessalonians, they must have been obsessed with fear and hope concerning the impending return of Christ. How does this become relevant to the modern-day pew warmers who never give it a second thought, except maybe on those Sundays when they hear about it in church?
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.