When demanding fair pay for hard work, we often say that a person should get what they deserve. Oddly, we use those same words when it comes time to sentence a convicted criminal. It is only fair when we get what we deserve. We call that justice. When you get better than you deserve, it is not justice at all. Instead, it's what we call mercy. God is not fair. God is merciful.
A billboard for a hospital with the word "mercy" in its name once encouraged drivers-by to go to that hospital with the words "you deserve mercy." If you deserve it, it's not mercy.
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.