Thanks to the ubiquitous presence of smartphones that double as cameras, we have become almost -- almost -- godlike in our ability to see and be seen. Any politician, celebrity, or for that matter ordinary person who believes that at any particular moment they are not seen in what they do may be delusional! There are good aspects to this. After the Boston Marathon terrorist attack there was a call to individuals to download their photographs and movies in order to give authorities clues as to the perpetrators. We have become the eyes of the justice system.
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.