"Don't answer that!" the teenager yelled as she scrambled to where the phone was ringing. "Wait to see the caller ID because there's someone I don't want to speak to today."
Her father asked her what was going on.
"There's this girl at school who is super-eager to recruit me for the church youth group."
"Why don't you try it?" her father said. "I know they go on trips and have pizza parties, and do all sorts of interesting things. Besides, you would learn more about God in your life. I heard the minister explain the program."
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.