It's interesting how works of darkness seem to like the night.
According to the National Crime Victimization Society, over 63% of
sexual assaults and rapes take place at night, and 71% of motor vehicle
thefts are also in the night. While crime can take place at any time,
it's interesting how certain ones seem to like it when the sun's not
The entire world was shrouded in darkness before Jesus came. This
Advent, though, we can rejoice, knowing that the "Son" is rising! "The
night is far gone; the day is at hand" (v. 12). Craig K.
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.