It's a struggle to keep it. Ministers tussle mightily to retain it. As with a suit or dress ten
sizes too large, we can't bear to be seen in it. Yet, not having it reduces our chances of
heaven. We'd have better luck doing a limbo under a gnat's knee. I refer to humility. You
find few role models of it in professional sports. Even seminaries suffer a scarcity of
We hate smart-aleck know-it-alls, but love it when we identify Jeopardy clues
and Bible class answers. We want to be considered as great.
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.