One of the characters in Marc Conelley's Green Pastures says, "I think the Bible
is the most wonderful book. I don't understand a single thing it says." Many people have
this kind of misunderstanding of the Bible. The book seems so holy that people feel like
it is beyond them. Nehemiah understood this well. Nehemiah 8:8 says that: "So they read
from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the
people understood the reading."
When the Bible is truly heard what happened to Nehemiah's hearers happens to us as
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.