Zephaniah 3:14-20 What would it sound like to hear God sing? Throughout scripture much is made of the people singing to the Lord with a new song, thanksgiving, and praise. But here, Zephaniah hears God singing -- loudly, even (v. 17). What does such a song sound like? It sounds like the quiet after the storm, forgiveness after the sin, the footsteps of the lame, and the gathering sounds of the outcasts. Such are the verses of God’s song. When we see such sights, experience such happenings, then we can say we have heard God sing and scripture will be fulfilled in our day.
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.