Follow me. Jesus didn't really elaborate. He just said, "Follow me," implying that we need to take one step at a time, put one foot in front of the other, right behind him. Perhaps life is like one long potluck supper. You never know who is coming or what they are bringing. When we try to get to the "dim sum of all things" or to understand why things happen the way we do, we are always better off looking forward than looking backward. The disciples wisely took one step at a time and didn't need the whole strategy laid out for them. They accepted who and what showed up at their table.
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.