Every minister knows that when you come back to your office after Sunday worship and see notes on your desk or on your chair, it's usually not good news. But every once in awhile, you get a nice surprise. Here's a little gem that a kindergarten teacher left for me one morning:
"One of my students, a 5-year-old boy, is from a family who has not paid much attention to their religion, though they are Catholic. The boy saw a picture of Jesus carrying the cross up to Calvary and asked, 'Hey, why's that man carrying a lower case 't'?' "
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.