The call from John the Baptizer is to stop pretending we are better than we are.
While still in office, President Gerald Ford, who loved to play golf, was out on the course with a star athlete one day. At the twelfth hole, Ford's companion conceded a two-foot putt to his distinguished opponent. The President, however, insisted on taking the shot -- which he missed!
"We won't count that one," said his companion generously.
Ford pointed toward the reporters and Secret Service men at the edge of the green and replied, "Maybe you won't, but they will!"
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.