That passage may sound strange to those who have never left the US, but when I lived in Nepal, it was an everyday thing. We saw statues of those gods all over, and we even knew the names of some of them. One god we saw was huge! He was twenty feet or more long and covered with colorful powders. He must have been powerful! You could buy those powders near the reclining statue and dump them on him out of reverence. When we visited China and Japan, we saw huge statues of fat Buddhas in many places and believers were putting coins in a basin in front of them. Some were spinning prayer wheels.
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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.