Jeremiah 1:4-10 In this powerful, poetic account, Jeremiah remembers that time when he was a boy and first heard God’s call to preach. One can only wonder what was going through the mind of the young Jeremiah. Where did he imagine God’s assignment might take him? Was he expecting fame and fortune? Did he dream the road ahead of him would be trouble-free? Did he assume that when he delivered a word from the Lord the people would listen, respond positively, and honor him with some ancient equivalent of a Nobel Prize? Perhaps he did. He was, after all, only a boy.
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.