Many Christians play at religion, prancing along the shores of the great ocean of God and
running from the waves. The prophets, however, are dragged into the sea by God's
riptide. They're beaten around by God's currents, overwhelmed and amazed by God.
This is almighty God, our Creator we deal with, not a god we select, pushing our
shopping cart through the aisles that sell specks of philosophies and bits of religions. Our
Creator calls us to attention and argues with us.
We can reel off all our common sense reasons why we're doing just swell, why our slip-
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.