Francis took a block of wood, sat down at the picnic table, took out some carving tools,
and began to work. The pastors at the conference would stop to watch the work on their
breaks. It wasn't long before the block of wood began to change shape. Under Francis'
guiding hands, the carving knives chipped away at the wood, chip by chip, until it began
to look like an old boot: the sole, the ragged toe, the eyelets, the laces, the tongue hanging
over the laces.
In the same way, as we behold the glory of God, we are changed, degree by degree, into
the image of God's Son.
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.