The wise men presented gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus. Gold was a reminder of
his kingship, frankincense symbolized holiness, and myrrh symbolized the suffering our
Lord would endure.
With thanksgiving we remember, Gracious Lord,
That one of the gifts brought to Jesus was frankincense;
A reminder of holiness,
A reminder of a pure life,
A reminder that we are all called
To a life of purity and holiness.
Your call is not to holiness that
Isolates us from being in touch with the world
Or the needs of others.
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.