Canadian pastor Elizabeth Conroy tells this incident:
Anne was coming to visit and in my mind, it couldn't have been a better time. We had moved into a house whose gardens had been covered over by slabs of concrete. To me, the front of the house was cold, and unwelcoming. For a flower lover like me, it was like all the signs of God's re-creation and resurrection had been buried. I almost felt like I was being drawn away from the sun. Unfortunately, by the time I saved enough to put in even a small garden it would be too late in the season to plant.
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.