"Good Friday" is misnamed. It should be called "Bad Friday," But the early church was able to call it "good" because they knew the outcome. Things were not as they seemed that dark day. It reminds me of a preacher who went to visit a family who had recently moved into the neighborhood. He rang the doorbell, and the dog jumped up on the porch and nearly knocked him over. When the woman came to the door, the dog nearly knocked them both down as he bounded into the living room.
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.