Garrett is only eight years old, yet he "provoked" a community of a quarter million people "to love and good deeds." Garrett was watching television one day and saw a toy float down the flooded street of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Red River had overflowed its banks in the spring of 1997 and caused widespread devastation. Wondering how parents would replace the lost and ruined toys of the children in that area, Garrett decided he could help. He not only gathered some of his favorite toys together to send; he also asked the other students at his elementary school to pitch in.
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.