It's always tough waiting for the big reveal. Think about the tense moments on television as the audience awaits the winner of American Idol or Survivor. Or we wait to see who our favorite NFL team will pick in the college draft. Or we wait for that amazing new movie we've heard so much about. In those moments, we have no idea what's coming next.
In Advent, however, we know what the reveal is. We wait with baited breath for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is still a difficult wait, but we have his Spirit to sustain us until then (v. 8).
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.