Do you remember your family going somewhere special when you were a child? Perhaps it was your grandparents' house for Christmas. Your parents drive and drive, and it seems like you will never get out of that crowded backseat with your brothers and sisters. Maybe the snow is starting to fall, frosting everything with delicate white. The streets begin to look more familiar -- the snow is falling with heavy flakes now; in no time at all there should be enough for a snowman -- and finally Dad pulls into the driveway.
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.