A college student was praying in his room when one of his fellow students walked in. Seeing him praying, his friend said to him, "I gave up praying years ago. I simply had nothing to ask God for." "Is that so," replied this student who had been engaged in prayer. "Then you must have a lot to thank him for?" To this, the other student responded, "Not really." Paul was a man of prayer. Paul's prayers were not just a request list. Paul also took time in prayer to thank God. One thing for which Paul was thankful was the church; the body of believers.
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.