Courtney was in a slump. She had no intellectual stimulation around her, no social life, and no happiness. She was tired of being tired and going through her life aimlessly. So she decided to do something different. She learned to play the piano. While that doesn't sound like a big deal, it was to Courtney. For twenty years she had wanted to learn to play, and she decided now that her children were grown she was going to learn. Courtney couldn't read music, but she knew the tunes of hymns and she marked the pages of the hymnbook. Slowly, she learned to play the tunes.
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.