Ava made a point of spending time with hen only niece, Anne. Usually this meant window-shopping and lunch. Anne always seemed to enjoy this time together. Quite often, she'd use their lunch time to talk about what was really on her mind. For example, when Anne was 11 she really wanted to get hen ears pierced. For months their window-shopping excursions had included a stop at all of the jewelry stores and earring counters in the mall. Then one week Anne bought herself a pain of earrings. Ava was surprised.
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.