The days before big events can be like living in a whirlwind. We experienced this first hand when our daughter got married. We lined up the hall and caterer for the reception. We booked the church and organist. We arranged to have invitations printed, addressed, and sent out. We dutifully checked off the RSVPs which were returned. We talked to a photographer and a musician. There was a dress to be handmade by my wife, and other dresses and tuxedos to be measured and ordered. It was a hectic scene.
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.