Isaiah demonstrates the difference between ordinary folks and the extraordinary. It's also an indicator of whether we're happy or depressed, sad or buoyant, and sometimes, sick or healthy.
Few counselors suggest it, yet doing it often corrects many of life's ills. It costs nothing and can be done by 99% of us. Still, few learn its secret and put it to use. If it's inexpensive, easy to do, and yet brings such benefits, why don't more people take advantage of it? Trying to explain all the reasons why would take volumes so I won't even try.
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.