When President Warren Harding died suddenly, making Calvin Coolidge president of the
United States, several reporters came to Will Rogers asking for his reaction. He is reputed
to have responded, "How can they tell?" While his response seems a bit harsh and
insensitive, there does seem to be truth to the observations that the margin between life
and death seems hard to detect in some cases. Certainly in the biological, as well as the
spiritual, it is growing increasingly hard to draw the line between life and death -- last
breath, one heart beat away, brain death, take your pick.
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.