Not all of us farm or tend gardens anymore, so for some, this illustration may not be quite as illuminating as it once was. Perhaps this would serve as a more up-to-date allusion, as incomplete and hokey as it may be: I am currently typing up these illustrations on my laptop. Currently, this laptop is unplugged and running on battery life. While I can perform this task for a while (even several hours, with some of these new batteries), eventually my laptop will cease functioning. Why? Because it is not connected to a power source. (I just had to plug it in, actually!) That is like us.
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.