He was a very wealthy man. He was a man who considered himself to be a good Christian. He was a slave owner in pre-Civil War days. He prayed. He tithed. He attended church regularly. He even forced his slaves to go to church every Sunday. During the week he would stand over his slaves in his fields and whip anyone who was not working. He refused to give food and water to any slave who did not produce to his standards. If a slave was ill he was still forced to work. He even forced the very young to work hard every day in the hot summer sun.
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.