A friend of mine has raised his stepson for five of his eight years of life. His stepson began to visit with his natural father only a couple of years earlier. His real father did not have anything to do with his son until he was around six years old. So my friend's stepson calls him "Dad." One day, I asked this eight-year-old why he called his stepfather "Dad" and not his real father. "Because," he said with confidence, "my stepfather raises me and takes care of me. He comes to me at night when I am sick and comes to my school to meet my teachers. He takes care of me. He loves me.
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.