Death had visited their home. The pastor made a visit to the family to help them with the funeral arrangements and to minister to them during their time of need. He found the widow and her two sons and daughter. The couple had been married for 54 years. The children were all married with children of their own. Not long after arriving at the family home, one of the family members said to him, "How should we act?" In the midst of their terrible sense of loss and grief, they felt the need for someone to tell them how to act. They didn't trust themselves to act the way they felt.
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.