In the early 1980s a certain U.S. Ambassador to a small Latin American country gained a notorious reputation because of his arrogance and jingoism. He had been in the diplomatic corps for 15 years and had previously worked in U.S. embassies in Europe and Asia. When asked how he liked living in Latin America he replied that he didn't really care where he was sent as long as the silver table service matched. He could serve anywhere in the world, in rich countries and poor, as long as he wasn't personally deprived of the lifestyle to which he had been accustomed.
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.