Harvey was a street person who worked odd jobs for a little bit of cash. He hadn't always lived that way. In the years before his wife died, he had been the manager of a large department store. He and his wife had a loving relationship. They worshiped regularly. Harvey knew what it meant to love and to be loved by God. When his wife died of cancer, Harvey walked away from it all. Those who had known Harvey before his wife died could not get over the change in his appearance. His hair was filthy and it hung in thick tangles down his back.
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.