After a very successful fishing trip, a father and his two sons were headed to their car with their limit of Chinook and Coho salmon. In the process of the day's activities, many trips had been made to the car and the car keys exchanged hands often. As the group approached their vehicle, no one could find the keys. Each in turn checked every pocket with no success. All three envisioned the key buried beneath sand or resting somewhere on the bottom of the AuSable River. A second key was at least six hours away and the small community had no locksmith to call for assistance.
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.