The writer of the Song of Solomon had a strong case of spring fever. As she dreams of
her handsome lover, she lists some of the signs of spring: rain is over, flowers
reappearing, and the voice of the turtledove is heard once more.
For many years, Daniel kept a little notebook of observations. He never shared what he
wrote, and everyone wondered just what was in there. After he died, his wife and family
gathered around and opened up his notebook. Actually, there were many of them on the
bottom of his sock drawer.
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.