The Apostle expresses his hope that he has by his conduct given the congregation at Thessalonica "an example to imitate." That is a responsibility of all of God's people -- lay and clergy. Our conduct should always be a model for others in love and integrity. Dennis, the Menace put it in a nutshell. A cartoon depicts Dennis saying to the minister, standing in clerical robe at the door of the church: "Can I bring my dog next Sunday? He's nicer than most people!" A young theological student expresses her disillusionment differently.
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.