Today is a celebration of a new year -- and what New Year's celebration would be complete without the traditional midnight vigil, the ball drop, the champagne, sparkling grape juice, and gathering of family and friends? This holiday's traditions bring us together out of a unique kind of hope. It's not the hope of Christmas or Easter, which reassures us that things are still good between us and God. This hope is the hope that something will change, the hope that the old things will indeed pass away and new opportunities, friends, and experiences will be found.
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.