Grandmother was a woman of great wisdom. Her own children often sought her counsel and advice. So it was not surprising when her grandchildren and eventually her great-grandchildren did the same. Though well in her 80s, she walked erect and with great dignity. Yet, there was an air about her of gentleness and understanding; family and friends could and would tell her anything. No situation was brushed off or belittled; but every argument, every hurt, every wrong committed was forgivable in Grandmother's eyes. At family gatherings one had to practically wait in line to talk to her.
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.