The innocent often die with the guilty. The Old Testament is full of stories of a whole nation perishing or being sent into exile for the sins of the king or of some of the people -- but they all suffer. When a bomb falls on an apartment all may die, including women and children. That doesn't mean they are more guilty than anyone else! One preacher said that Hurricane Katrina came because of the government's accepting gay marriage, but not everyone who died favored gay marriage! The innocent and the guilty often die together.
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.