People sometimes come up with some strange ideas about Jesus as companion and friend.
When I first saw the poem, "Footprints in the Sand," I thought, That's a nice
comforting idea, but it surely isn't biblical. Then one day while researching another
idea about Jesus, I came across these verses in Isaiah: "For he said, 'Surely they are my
people ... And he became their savior in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel
but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted
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.