Isaiah 9:2-7 There are a lot of dark spots on the American horizon at Christmas. Consider the police shootings of African-Americans and the massacre of police officers in Dallas earlier this year. Statistics indicate how our prison population continues to swell, with 716 Americans out of every 100,000 in jail. While we only comprise 5% of the world’s population, we contribute to 25% of the world’s prison population. While this Christian nation celebrates the Prince of Peace and speaks of Christian love, we make life hard for Muslims. The list goes on.
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.