Sometimes it seems like "Rejoice always" is the toughest command in the New Testament. There is certainly much to be joyful about; Paul's letters are filled with that kind of hope and good news. Yet there is also much in the world and sometimes in our own lives over which to be sorrowful. In fact, Paul himself says, "Mourn with those who mourn." Of course this is only immediately after telling the Roman churches, "Weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15)! How do we reconcile this?
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.