Another New Year's Day. Heather sat in silence watching through her kitchen window as the new year dawned. The brightness of snow-covered night faded slowly into day's full light as the sun's first rays crept soundlessly over the horizon's distant rim. The world upon which Heather looked out was not the same as that to which she had bid farewell the night before. Yesterday's world had been a semi-solid mush of mud after too many days and nights of steady rain. Now it was transformed, shrouded in a white blanket that revealed little of the "real" world underneath.
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.