The old spiritual sings of "dem bones," but that reference is just a step removed, isn't it?
After all, God doesn't ask Ezekiel about "them bones" or "those bones." Rather, God asks
Ezekiel, "Can these bones live?"
"These bones," you see, are a little closer to home than "dem bones."
That's typical of God, is it not? To ask questions that are close to home? We are the ones
who want to ask questions that are theoretical, at arm's length, a safe distance away,
about someone else (see, for example, John 4:19-20; 21:20-21). But he doesn't ask us
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.