"We boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. Not only that, but we also boast in our
sufferings." Many people I know are inveterate boasters. I've done my share of crowing.
But people rarely blow their own horns the way Paul brags in this section.
Have you ever heard folks boast about their sufferings? Most complain when they suffer.
A few stoically endure affliction, but few folks brag about it. I suspect that the reason we
don't boast about our sufferings is that our faith isn't to the level that brings us peace with
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.