One of the echoes reverberating through a young child's mind (and an adult's memory) is that of Mother supervising the ordeal of getting dressed. "Straighten that tie; tuck in your blouse; you can't wear that; pull up your trousers!" For some it is a daily drill -- whether for school, going to the store or just out to play. Others only have to bear it for special occasions, such as a wedding or funeral or Christmas Eve. In our outward appearance, we are taught to get it straight, get it right. The reasons range from "That's the way it should be" to "That's how we want people to see us."
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.