Do you want your son or daughter to grow up to be a garbageman, a janitor, a sewer worker? Many of us, if we were very honest with ourselves, would say, "No." And yet, which of us would really wish to live where these roles were not filled? Each of us depends upon others to take care of some of the tasks of day-to-day living so that we are able to perform our own roles. We are many and yet work to meet a common goal in many aspects of life. Can each person's role be any less significant as a member in the one body of Christ?
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.