These months will likely be dominated politically by the upcoming elections and their aftermath. At press time for our column it appears that the overriding issue in the background of all the contests (at the federal, state, and even local level) will be our reaction for and against the government programs of the Obama administration and Congress to get us out of the recession, handling the BP oil spill, as well as legislation pertaining to care for the sick and poor. Going into the election, it seems, most Americans think we are going about matters in the wrong way.
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.