"Rend your hearts and not your garments," is Joel's challenge to God's people. Stop
playing at faith, stop just talking about it, stop just going through the actions, and start
living it, was his message. Talking will get you nowhere; you have to act.
The New York Times, September 12, 2006, quoted New York Giants' coach,
Tom Coughlin, delivering a similar message: "I really think we've got to stop talking
about being good and get good," he said. "Get good and play good. All of these
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.