A few years ago, the national news was focused on a couple living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who had raised a child, Jessica, as their own after adopting her. Jessica's biological parents wanted her back, and a legal struggle ensued. Although the biological parents were awarded custody, the news media captured the agony of the Ann Arbor couple who had to give up the child they had raised as their own. Aside from the legal issues, people on all sides could sympathize with the heartache of having to let go of a child who was raised as a couple's own.
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.