Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, two contemporary satire writers, outdo themselves in their joint novel Good Omens. The novel, a tongue-in-cheek depiction of Armageddon, features an unusual pair: Crowley, a demon and representative of hell, and Aziraphale, an angel and representative of heaven. Both Crowley and Aziraphale live among men to do their masters' bidding -- and in the two thousand years of meantime, they have struck up a friendship -- and have a fondness for the humans among whom they have lived for two millennia.
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.