It was Bill's first night at college, his first night away from home. As he walked across
the campus with his new, and as yet relatively strange, roommate, they heard guitars and
singing. They veered in the direction of the music. Around a large bonfire a group of
students was singing. The song they sang was new to Bill. "They will know we are
Christians by our love, by our love, yes they'll know we are Christians by our love."
It was, of course, the campus Christian club. They invited Bill and his roommate into
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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.