At the age of fourteen, Matt was running away from home. He had to. His mom had died of cancer three years earlier and ever since then his father seemed to do nothing but drink. It wasn't too bad at first. But now Matt knew he couldn't stand to watch his father get drunk even one more time. Every time his father got drunk he'd beat Matt. The next day he'd cry and promise that it would never happen again. But the last few times were bad. Now Matt was leaving for good. The only person he wanted to say good-
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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.