The compliment nearly knocked her over. It came in a neatly addressed envelope which she had opened quickly. Inside she found the simple message: "Dear Shirley -- You truly are a servant of the Lord -- With my love, Carol."
The phrase "a servant of the Lord" spun again and again through her mind until at last, in the silence of her apartment, Shirley laughed and said out loud, "All I did was listen to Carol and tell her I'd pray for her!" Then, both bewildered and grateful, she offered a prayer of thanksgiving for her friend.
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.