"Community service" the judge had called it. "What a joke!" Aaron thought as he hauled the wagon through the park, looking for whatever debris the community's upright citizens had carelessly discarded. It had become obvious that the people of this town didn't care about this place, the way they littered it with their trash. So how was it a service to the community for him to clean it up? If only he hadn't gotten caught .... Good grief! It had been a silly prank, the kind of thing kids do for excitement. Besides which, it was art! And Aaron was good at it -- except for getting caught.
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.