Before going on vacation we have to find someone to take care of our pets while we are gone. Usually we hire a neighborhood youth. One year after arriving home from a two-week trip to Maine, we called the neighbor girl to pay her for taking care of the pets. Before paying her we asked her if she had had any problems. "The only problem I had," she said, "was one day the cat got out. I couldn't catch him. I was so upset. But my dad told me not to worry, that when he got hungry he would return home. And he did."
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.