For convenience and safety reasons, the Bary family purchased an inexpensive artificial Christmas tree in the fall of 1974. It was not the most attractive tree, but they reasoned that its ornaments would provide the necessary beauty. Over the years their daughter and son crafted many special ornaments for the tree. Family and friends send gift ornaments for the tree. It wasn't long before the tree was barely visible through the huge number of ornaments and garlands. The children even joked about the tree being a handy ornament display rack.
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.