Isaiah 25:6-9 Most people love celebrations. There are all different varieties of them -- families celebrate the birth of a child; we have birthday parties. We get excited about weddings, graduations, job promotions, and a host of other things. Sometimes an entire city will have a celebration. A World Series win or a Super Bowl championship can be a cause for parades, speeches, and awards. Sometimes an entire nation can have a celebration. July 4th and days commemorating a war victory are noted in big ways around the United States.
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.