To be human means to suffer. The time after Christmas can be a depressing and difficult time. The house was full of love and joy on Christmas Day, but now, everyone has gone home; the tree seems bare and lonely. For some, Christmas Day was not a day of joy, but a time of family discord, too much drinking, or just another lonely day. There is a great Dennis the Menace cartoon that shows Dennis on the floor in front of the Christmas tree, surrounded by mountains of wrapping paper and hundreds of opened presents. He looks up at his parents and says loudly, "Is this all?" -- Owen-Gemoets
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.