As the sun sets each evening, our vision is lessened. Night vision doesn't hold a candle to what we can see in daylight. Young Samuel and the old priest Eli live in an era when the word of the Lord was precious, but rare. There is "no frequent vision." Today as well there often seems to be no word or vision.
When Eli finally realizes the source of the voices Samuel keeps hearing in the night, he tells Samuel to say, "Speak, for your servant hears." When Samuel does, God breaks the silence.
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.