Years ago, we took a trip to Chicago and whizzed up the super-fast elevators of the Sears
Tower to view the metropolis from among the clouds. As always, when I stand near the
edge of an observation platform in the skies, my feet began to tingle and inner voices
battle, telling me both to back away and to also see if there was some way to leap and
Most of our lives we live far away from the edge. We are safe and tame and mundane.
We meander through non-threatening routines and wend our ways in familiar routines.
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.