One thing that caught me is that we are one bride! Jesus was not a Mormon bishop with a whole bevy of wives. We are not even sister wives like that recent television program described. He does not have Lutheran wives and Baptist wives and Roman Catholic wives -- the list could go on and on!
We are one in the Lord. He has made us one! We are the New Jerusalem. The old order has passed away. Individually we may be "sons" of God (daughters too!). But we have to overcome Satan's temptations. We must not deny the one who loves us and has given us sonship if we accept it.
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.