Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 When Pete Seeger wrote the lyrics to the song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” he quoted the first half of today’s reading. Many people my age will remember the song, but maybe some people who are younger will as well. The song and the reading from Ecclesiastes remind us of the transitory nature of existence, that there is a time for each thing, for everything, but the time passes. Yet it is the second part of the reading that really matters more to us.
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.