Sometimes we cheat. We'll be reading a book, getting lost in the story, getting attached to the characters, worrying about what will happen to them, when it occurs to us that their future is in our hands -- literally. We can flip ahead a few pages or go right to the final chapter and know the future now. We have that power. We can know who makes it. We can know who did it. We can know who ends up together and who are separated forever. We do not, however, hold our own future in our hands. We can't flip ahead and know all the answers, but we do know what's on the last page. Jesus lives.
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.