Knee-deep in exile, the Israelites had a lot to fear. They feared for their beloved country
that had been shattered before they were dragged away into exile. They feared their
captors. They feared their children might like that new wild land better than the land of
their fathers and mothers. They looked out at a bleak future. No wonder they feared.
Isaiah, one of the exiles himself, reminded them that the God who had been with them
would be with them in the hard present and in the scary yet to be. He reminded them once
again that because God was there they need not fear.
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.