One preacher tells the story that comes from Mark Twain's writings. He was dealing with
Adam and Eve. Adam was arrogant and proud. He was in charge of naming all the
animals. He virtually overlooked Eve. He was insensitive to her, almost unaware of her.
The drama continued until the last scene was painted in dark and austere colors. Adam
came on stage and the lights were dimmed. He sat on a stool, and simply said, "Eve died
last night. And I have come to know, where Eve was, there was Eden." The preacher
observed that Eden is not just a place or a garden. Eden is a relationship.
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.