Genesis 9:8-17 I remember when my wife and I bought our first house almost seven years ago. We went to the bank just after Thanksgiving and proceeded to sign our lives away. We had to sign mortgage papers, affidavits, deed papers, one thing after another, all to ensure that we would make our payments, pay our property taxes, and actually live in that house. We live in a world full of red tape and legal documents mostly because, on one level or another, we don't quite trust each other. Prenuptial agreements are another prime example.
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.