Our lesson urges us to make the most of our time (v. 16). Americans do not do that very well. A 2007 study by Canadian Psychologist Piers Steele found that 26% of the American public view themselves as procrastinators. Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn once wrote: "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." And Irish actor Dion Boucicault wrote, "Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them." There is redemption from this time wasting; God's love sets us out to do exciting things.
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.