Have you ever noticed that a gift implies responsibility? If someone gives me a dog he thinks I will feed it, house it, love it, perhaps train it, take it to the veterinarian when it gets sick, keep it from being run over on the highway, keep it in my yard so it won't get picked up by the dog catcher and taken to the pound. Somebody gives you a shirt or a tie, you wear it sometime where they will see it. Somebody gives you a vase or a painting or a picture or furniture you can't stand, you still try to put it out where they'll see it at least once.
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.