Annie was dying. Though it seemed as if she had been dying forever, in reality it had only been three weeks since her doctors said to her, "Get your things together because you don't have long." They tried to live life to the fullest in those three weeks. Arrangements were made for Annie to have full nursing care at home. Lists were made. Business was conducted. Memories were shared. Pictures were taken. Prayers for healing were prayed. But no one talked about Annie's dying until a nurse said, "It won't be long now.
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.