A group of young children were playing "Hide and Seek." One child would shut his eyes and count to 100, while the other children would use this opportunity to find a good hiding place. After counting to 100, the child who was it would shout, "Ready or not, here I come!" He would then open his eyes and try to find everyone who was hiding. An older boy asked if he could play. He was told that he could, but that he would have to be it. He agreed. He closed his eyes and counted. He counted so fast to 100 that no one and an opportunity to hide.
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.