The community of West Palm Beach, Florida, was a little shocked to discover the details of a gas station robbery that ended in the murder of the attendant. The entire episode was caught on film. During the burglary, four different customers entered the station to make purchases. Upon seeing the robbery in progress, all left immediately. No one even called 911 to ask for assistance. No one stayed around in case a tragedy struck. The attendant's body was found thirty minutes later, but it was too late to save his life. Being a Good Samaritan can be risky business in any culture.
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.