We want you ... but we don't want you. We want you to rip open the heavens and be righteously angry ... but we don't want you to be angry at us. It's like little Sam: "Do you want applesauce or peaches for dinner, Sam?" "I want both!" "Do you want to watch television or help me make cookies, Sam?" "I want both!" "Do you want this white shirt or this blue shirt, Sam?" "I want both!" We can't have both, even though that's what we really want. We want to be serious adults, but we really just want to have a good time. We want to go to church, but we don't want to change our lives.
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.