One of the worst human maladies is impatience for justice. We think that everything
should be instantly fair and equitable. Otherwise we complain, moan, and mutter: "He got
more than his share." "She didn't deserve that." "I've worked harder than anyone here and
no one ever held a party for me." Our share of the cake seems paltry compared with the
effort that we've made.
The Bible gives us numerous examples of the need to wait on God. We know about Job's
patience, and we admire it, but rarely do we see that the Lord tests us the way he tried
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.