Once there was a cave that lived in darkness underground, as you would expect a cave to
do. It ventured forth and met some sunshine. The sunshine said, "Come out of your
darkness into the light." The cave responded: "But all is darkness." Finally, the cave left
its darkness and was surprised by the light. The cave then invited the sunshine to see the
darkness. One day, the sunshine accepted the invitation and entered the cave. "Where is
the darkness?" And the darkness was gone.
What a glorious truth! Jesus, the light of the world, dispels all darkness. May the day
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.