Paul warned the people at Corinth and Galatia not to devour each other. That can be a
real danger for man and beast. Snakes can actually devour one another. If two snakes are
given one long item of food, they may begin eating from each end. When they reach the
middle, the larger snake will continue eating, and actually consume the smaller
"For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, 'You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.' If however, you bite and devour one another take care that you are
not consumed by one another" (Galatians 5:16).
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.