When I was in China a few years ago, I asked one of our tour guides what most Chinese
people ate for breakfast. I was surprised when he answered, "Cookies."
Now maybe we're catching up with them. Recently on television here in America, I saw
an ad for boxes of breakfast cookies. In our Exodus text for today, as the Israelites are
wandering through the wilderness on their way to the promised land, the Lord gives them
something similar for their first meal of the day.
Every morning when they wake up, on the ground the Israelites find this amazing, new
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.