Cassie had been outside all morning, playing with her cat, and having a tea party in her mother's garden. She had picked a few nasturtiums for salad, as she had seen her mother do, and had picked some leaves to go with them. Arranging them neatly on the tiny plates of her tea set, she found Blackie again and, dressing the cat in a fine bonnet from Cassie's favorite doll, she sat her down at the table. When Mom came out of the house, Cassie called to her happily, "Come and have tea, Mommy!
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.