As a child I was fascinated by the visitors who ate on our back porch. On many occasions I would see a strange man, sitting on a chair, with a small tray in front of him, eating his lunch or dinner. If my father was home, the visitor was invited to eat at our kitchen table. While he ate, our visitor and my father would talk. I remember how interested my father was in the visitor and what the visitor had to say. After they had eaten, my mother would pack another lunch and put it in a paper bag. Then the visitor would leave and we would never see him again.
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.