Anyone who has undergone a minor medical procedure knows the fear that precedes the procedure. No matter how many reassurances the doctor gives they are still concerned that something will go wrong. Whether it be the removal of a tooth, carpal tunnel surgery, a cardiac catheterization or something else, the patient is still concerned. The "fear nots" fall on deaf ears until it is all over. Then the patient is quite often quick to say, "It is nothing." The fear is replaced by joy; for not only is the procedure over but the problem has been remedied.
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.