Clyde loved playing baseball. His coaches claimed that he had a lot of natural ability. The problem was that he still had not played up to what his coaches felt was his potential. In fact, during last week's game, he had committed the error which allowed the other team to score the winning run. Every night since then he had replayed that grounder into his glove and willed it over to his first baseman in time for the final out. But that was in his dreams while the newspaper still carried the disappointing news of his team's loss. However, tonight's game had been very different.
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.