Jesus likened himself to a broody hen when he said he longed to gather Jerusalem under
his wings to protect them. A chicken will generally lay one egg a day. Only after she has
laid a certain number, called a clutch, she will begin to incubate them. This ensures that
the eggs will hatch at the same time. At this point, her physiology changes, and she
becomes "broody." When danger approaches her nest, she will utter a low growling noise
and may peck at the intruder. For up to twenty days, she will sit on the nest, leaving only
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.