We seem to be inundated with “Reality TV.” Much of the fare deals with beauty, physical stamina, talent. Two programs that would fit right into the anointing of David story are America’s Next Top Model and True Beauty. On the surface both appear to deal with outer beauty. But True Beauty is really concerned with examining the inner beauty of a person. With hidden cameras, contestants are put in situations in which they are judged on how they deal with people in need, with each other, and with such things as honesty and integrity.
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.