Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 I remember a saying from the 1960s: “Bloom where you are planted.” In effect, the saying means to live your life to its full potential in the here and now. It means not waiting for some magical moment when all the planets have aligned and the world is as perfect as we think it should be. God is telling the people through the prophet Jeremiah to bloom where they are planted. If God has that message for the people in Diaspora, conquered by their enemies, how important is the same message for 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.