That first Christmas was not really that different from Christmas today. For example, the AAA estimated that in 1996 more than 34 million Americans traveled over the Christmas holiday. They figured that that many people journeyed 100 miles or more during the holiday season. And in the same way, all of the familiar Christmas characters seem to be on the move. The wise men traveled from a distant land in the east. There were angels who came from heaven and returned to heaven. There were the shepherds who ran from the fields to find the baby and then went back to their flocks.
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.