The opening words of the book of Genesis, which are the opening words of the whole
Bible, are transliterated from the Hebrew into phonetic English: "Bare-uh-SHEETH buh-
RAH hah-el-low-HEEM eth hah-shuh-MY-um wuh eth hah-AIR-etz," which say: "In the
beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
The NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) translates these words: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth," but there's no word "when" in the
original Hebrew words. There's simply the magnificent proclamation that the Lord God
created all that is.
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.