Early in the spring, I planted some bean seeds. Being in a small "cold frame" they
withstood the cold. The glory of the sun shining warmed the soil, producing the growth
and the earliest crop of green beans I have ever had.
Some of the beans remained unplanted. If they could talk, would they say, "I'm very
blessed to have avoided the cold, wet soil." And would a planted seed answer back, "But
you missed the warmth of the shining sun the transformation into new life"? Hide from
the cold, and you hide from the shining beauty and glow of the sun.
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.