It's an old cliche that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. And while recent years have shown that taxes can fluctuate with each passing government, death is still the great equalizer of us all. As morbid or macabre as it may be to admit it, we all have a funeral in our future.
One of the select few who can claim to be the exception to that rule is Elijah. Just as Christ was taken up to heaven, body and all, Elijah never saw the inside of a tomb but rather "went up by a whirlwind into heaven" (v. 11).
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.