This text is so different from the one in Habakkuk where the Lord does not seem to be answering. In this text it sounds like the Lord answers even before we ask! He has created a whole new heaven and earth and even a new Jerusalem where we will never cry again! By heaven, he seems to be talking about the "heavens" that we see around us as when we view the stars at night. He does not mean the heaven where we hope to spend eternity. Isaiah is talking to the people in exile telling them that the Lord is preparing the land for their return.
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.