Imagine Washington DC: government employees of every nationality; tourists from all over the world; crowded with people fascinated by government, history, and the United States. Can you picture the Lincoln Memorial? Tourists swarm to a pillared building to see the gargantuan effigy of the man who brought America through its "great ordeal," a man who lost his life for his nation. Imagine the awe you would feel, surrounded by people of every color and race, looking into the carved stone face of one of America's greatest presidents and a martyr for his country.
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.