Eight-year-old Cory was on his first flight. Mom was taking him with her from Duluth, Minnesota, to see his grandma and grandpa in Quebec, Canada. When they reached their cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, Cory opened his eyes and looked out the windows for the first time. "I don't see the boundaries," he exclaimed in wonder. "That's because boundaries are made by people and you can see them best on maps, like the one in your classroom at school," Mom explained. "How does God tell the Canadians and the Americans apart, then?" Cory asked.
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.