England's King George II once stopped at a village inn for a brief meal. The innkeeper charged a good deal more than normal for the egg he served his highness. Even the king was not such a fool as not to know that he was being gouged. He commented sagely, "With prices like these, eggs must be very scarce around here." Came the transparent reply, "Oh, no, sire, it is kings that are scarce." Bread may have seemed scarce before Jesus fed the crowd, but what was more precious still was the incarnation of God with humanity which made the miracle possible. -- Sherer
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.