A few days following the preaching of a sermon on heaven, a layman commented, "You told me about heaven, but you did not tell me where heaven is." Pointing to a small house on a hill, the minister replied, "In that house is a church member who is sick with a fever. Now, if you will, go to the grocery store and purchase $10 worth of groceries, take them to her and say, 'Let me read the twenty-third Psalm and have prayer with you.' If you do not see heaven when you get through, I promise to pay for your groceries." The following morning they met again. The layman said, "I saw heaven yesterday.
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.