Alcoholism tends to run in some families. What that means is if alcoholism runs in your family, and if you just ignore that threat, there is a very good chance that you yourself will become an alcoholic. It's only when we face up to our family histories and see those forces from the past for what they are that we can deal with those problems and overcome them. That is what the family systems theory of counseling is all about. Family systems theory recognizes that symptoms cannot be cured unless the underlying cause of that symptom is first recognized.
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.