Another year has gone by as one awakens on New Year's Day. If lucky, we have been able to get free calendars from the bank, insurance office, and local pharmacy as well as the freebies sent in the mail asking us to purchase something else that we may or may not be able to afford. Though we might make mistakes on the date in writing out monthly checks for the first few days of the month, has much changed from last year to this year? We have seen the party animals on Times Square the previous evening on television as the Rockefeller Plaza ball goes down to begin the New Year.
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.