Crash! The boom of thunder was almost simultaneous with the flash of lightning! An instant later, the house was totally dark, but not silent. Thunder continued to echo, rolling across the night, as the wind raised its howling voice another notch and rain pelted the roof like a thousand drumming fingers. Carol couldn't see a thing! Slowly she felt her way through the living room furniture over to the window, parted the drapes and looked out. The entire neighborhood was dark -- no street lights, no house lights, nothing.
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.