"Why does man feel so sad in the twentieth century?" asked the philosopher, Walker
Percy. Though Percy died years ago, his question remains. Why do we feel so sad? It isn't
from scarcity of possessions or things to do. We travel with cell phones and laptop
computers and go home to plasma televisions. Some of us annually change wardrobes.
The hard choice for many isn't whether they can afford wheels; it's, "Shall we buy or
lease?" We have more mental health experts than any society ever.
But, why are we so sad? Why must we take chemicals to cheer us, to correct insomnia, or
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.