One of the most fascinating experiences of our trip to the Holy Land was standing on top
of the mountain at Masada where the Jewish Zealots held off the Roman army for two
years. There, we read this passage from Ezekiel telling of the valley of the dry bones.
Many times in history it appeared that the Jewish nation was wiped out. But God has a
purpose for his chosen people. From the bone heaps of history the nation has emerged
again and again.
It happened when Joseph saved his family. It happened when Queen Esther saved her
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.