Four brothers gathered around the bed of an 84-year-old woman late one Friday night. She had been in good health until the day before, when she came in for a hip replacement. After surgery, she developed pneumonia and the physicians gave her two days to live.
Her breathing was shallow and very labored. The doctor came in early on Sunday morning to check the patient and talk to the family. By now there were 50 members of her extended family in the hospital, waiting to see if the crisis would pass. They were praying that the doctor was wrong and the old woman would live.
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.