The earliest Jewish belief, shared by the Greeks, was that the firmament was a solid dome. When the door of the dome was opened God's blessing could descend upon the earth, as one could also have a vision of the everlasting. This is serious ideology that far surpasses a concept that we are a part of Truman Burbank's story (played by Jim Carrey) in the 1998 movie The Truman Show, whose tagline was "all the world's a stage." In Judaism the world is a stage but not one of entertainment and spoof for the director is God himself.
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.