One of the most amazing ironies of nature is the blooming desert. The desert is a dry and barren land with little or no annual rainfall. When it does rain, the evaporation rate is so high that the rain can evaporate before it hits the ground, and that which does reach the ground is quickly absorbed. It is a miracle that anything grows in the desert. But the desert is filled with plants, many of which grow only when the conditions are right. These plants produce seeds that lay dormant in the soil for many years awaiting proper growing conditions.
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.