He'd always enjoyed bird-watching, and found that some of them, like the meadowlark had such easily identified calls he knew they were around even if he couldn't immediately spot them. Once you'd heard a meadowlark's piercing song there was no mistaking it, a distinctive, musical whistling sound, almost shrill as it speared into your awareness. Sometimes he'd hear the meadowlark singing just before dawn, when it was still too dark to see. But he knew that somewhere out in the dim new light of day was a handsome bird with a bright yellow breast crossed by a black V.
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.