It is a marvelous thing to be known -- not "known" in the way a casual acquaintance can
greet us on the street, but the deep knowledge of an intimate friend, someone with whom
we have shared good times and bad.
That sort of knowledge is rarer than we may think. We have a natural distrust of people
who seek to become too intimate with us, too early. We say they "wear their heart on
their sleeve," these people who tell us their whole life story in the supermarket line.
Knowledge is power; to allow another to know us is to open ourselves to the possibility
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.