A doctor liked to do magic tricks for the children on the pediatrics ward. His favorite trick was to turn himself into an apple, and he did it every time he showed up on the ward. Every day, around mid-afternoon, just when the nurses could get a break because the children would be napping, there would come the doctor performing his shabby magic tricks, telling his corny jokes, and for the grand finale -- turning himself into an apple! The nurses hated it, and conspired to put a stop to it, but no amount of hinting would work. One day the head nurse got an idea.
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.