The convenience store clerk got off late and walked home in the dark. He took the shortcut through the cemetery, as he did every night. But he didn't know about the open grave. Since he didn't know about it, and didn't see it, he fell in it. He tried to climb out, but the sides were steep and slick, and he couldn't reach the top. He gave up and decided to try to nap until daylight when someone might come by to help. He stretched out in the bottom of the grave. During the night, some college fraternity brothers on a freshman initiation drove into the cemetery.
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.