The text refers to the darkness and drunkenness/addictions of the present age, calling us to get ready for the new day in Jesus Christ. As recently as one year ago the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that while the unemployment rate for white men was 7.4%, for African-American men it was 13.4%. Sexual infidelity is another dark plague of our times: 2006 estimates indicated that 57% of men and 54% of women had admitted to infidelity while in a relationship. And as for drug use nearly 10% of Americans (22.6 million over age 12) are found to be current or former drug users.
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.