Relief organizations like World Vision or Compassion International often show us pictures of women and children collecting dirty, polluted water in small buckets to take home for their drinking water. That sight of despair and futility often brings many Americans to tears as they offer money to dig wells for fresh water. Now imagine how we would feel if there was a well with fresh, clean water available and those people went back to the filthy, dirty streams they used to gather water from. Our sympathy would quickly turn to anger and frustration.
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.