Brenda led her small group in a study on forgiveness. Through the study she discovered
unresolved issues in her own life. She had not thought about an incident in over a decade.
Her brother had hurt her and she was never able to forgive him. Her brother had never
acknowledged that he did anything to hurt her.
Family gatherings were filled with tension. Brenda did not want to face Paul. At holiday
gatherings Brenda would remain cordial, and never spoke of her hurt. Brenda shared with
the group what had happened between her and her brother. She had never told anyone
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.