Eliza's knees shook as she walked to the podium. Why had she agreed to be the banquet speaker? What would she say to the hundreds of women in front of her? And why the popular topic of "Blooming where one is planted"? Eliza reminded herself she had prayed the entire month, and as she began to speak, she grew more confident that God was giving her these words: "Woman, girl, grandmother, aunt, daughter, friend, sister, niece. Woman. You are a child of God. A flower made to bloom. You are God's precious flower -- God's precious child.
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.