If the lost is lost, it is not found. If it is found, it is no longer lost. It is either in the state of being lost or found, one or the other. At least this is true for a sheep or a coin. But, what about a person whose life is a bit more complex than that of a sheep or a coin? Martin Luther understood the state of being for the Christian as being simul iustus et peccator ("at the same time saint and sinner" -- simultaneously lost and found). This is a dialectic that reflects the reality of human life coram Deo.
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.