The changing of the water into the wine is a wonderful miracle. It's wonderful because it was wholly unnecessary. It was a simple act of kindness and compassion that shows us something of the heart of God. We, too, can walk in this same compassion by the power of the Holy Spirit. I was speaking with a pastor friend of mine who was having a very difficult day. Some things were happening in his life and in his church that just brought him to his knees. He sat in his office, pouring his heart out to God. And while this was happening, one of his parishioners was leaving her home.
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.