After you've eaten a TV dinner, what do you have left? The cardboard package, the bag it came home from the store in, the foil wrapper, the aluminum tray, the residue of the food (juice, gravy, chicken bones, and so forth), a paper napkin or two, an aluminum can, a Styrofoam cup, a plastic knife and fork, and paper towels to wipe up after -- and then put it all in a garbage bag. It's all disposable, after all. We are a disposable society. Manufacturers even plan for it -- many things we used to fix we now throw away, because it's set up to work that way.
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.