The day after Christmas the announcer on the radio station said it was Ugly Tie Day for all the men who received lousy ties for Christmas. Wear it today and get it over with. It was also supposed to be Whiner Day for all the people who were disappointed with their Christmas gifts. This announcer seemed to think that 1) Christmas was for GETTING, and 2) the day after Christmas was a downer. But it could be an UPPER -- a chance for an extra high. I felt a great thrill that day when the mail came in, and there was an extra gift I hadn't gotten on time. A true surprise and a delight.
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.