It's easy to talk about things that are far away. When you are fifteen years old, it's fun to flip through bridal magazines and pretend to plan a wedding that is years and years in the future. But when the time comes? When he goes on one knee and asks THE question? You get nervous. Suddenly your stomach is a mess of knots, or it feels like your insides have all gone missing. Nothing quite adds up, because all of a sudden it's not a game anymore. It's not something to daydream about. It's real. And this is 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.