From the back of the University Chapel, the wedding coordinator signals the organist that the bride is ready, the "Trumpet Voluntary" begins and the procession starts, the culmination of months and even years of planning. Wedding after wedding, groom after groom, bride after bride, their hopes and their fears are brought to the altar and at that point I do not think there is a finer paragraph than the one tucked into Paul's great hymn of love. Love is patient, not just at love's beginning but down through the long years. Love is kind, remembering all along that kindness begins at home.
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.