Predestination: This is nothing more than saying that God's love is a little like that of a Father laying eyes on his son and daughter the first time at birth. The infant does nothing to earn the father's love. Yet it is love at first sight. Indeed, the love even began before the birth. And no matter what the infant does or becomes he remains the father's child. If human beings can love that way, should we expect any less from God? John Calvin spoke of how this love brings about unity: "Formed into one body, we are united to God, and closely connected with each other.
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.