Obviously most Americans don't have Baal or one of the other gods of antiquity, but don't some make a god of money? Power? Success? Politics? Isn't there something that we "worship" and give all our attention and support to? It may not be wrong to wish for some of these things, but do we put that at the head of our desires, hopes, and dreams? Make a list of all the things that you want and put them in order. Where does our God come in that list? Do we love him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind?
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.