The single, most-used description of God in the Bible is "holy"; and Exodus 3:5 is the
first time the word "holy" occurs in the Bible. Most religions possess a sense of "the
holy" as something untouchable, dangerous, or forbidden. Other religions in response to
"the holy" (as Moses in v. 5) order worshipers to take off shoes in worship. But in the
Bible starting with Moses at the bush, we find that for humans who meet God what is
holy is at heart most ethically good, powerful, and inspiring. Holiness, as Moses will
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.