Don had been successful growing up. He had become good at most everything he tried. Attending a small school he played three sports and lettered in all three. He had good academic skills and had given the speech at his graduation. Most people liked him and he had lots of friends. The situation had been much the same in college. It was a litter rougher -- the work was harder. But Don was smart and likeable and had made the Dean's List every semester. He had fallen in love and gotten married. Life seemed good. But things began to change. His marriage wasn't happy.
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.