Frequently the death of something old is necessary to accommodate something new. St. Louis Union Station is a National Historic Landmark. The building was designed in 1894 by Theodore Link and at one time was the largest and busiest railroad terminal in the world. But times change and the advent of air travel served to lessen the demand for rail transportation. Freight trains don't require ornate stations, and by the 1970s the station was no longer the busy hub of times past. In 1976 the station was designated a National Historic Landmark and underwent a 150 million dollar restoration.
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.