Living in a desert nation, it would have been no news to Moses that you could get water from striking a rock. Porous rocks like limestone can trap small amounts of water locked in by mineral deposits. Striking a rock can break away these deposits that stop up the water and cause water to stream forth. The miracle is that it was a sufficient flow of water for a party we're told numbers over a million! God's sign to the Israelites was something like Jesus' sign to Simon Peter when he had Peter cast out his nets and bring in a catch so large the nets began to break.
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.