What is it about humans that makes us so dependent on the idea of hope? Hope is unrealistic. It's ridiculous. And yet, without it we could not continue to wake up every morning.
Take the example of the parents of a teenage daughter diagnosed with manic depression. The teenager swings between lethargic, heartbreaking lows and hyperactive, dangerous highs. Her case is severe; her highs and lows are close together and leave her family frightened and exhausted. Each time the girl's parents go to the psychologist, they listen to the doctor's grave predictions.
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.