His given name was Arnold and we always called him Arny, Arny Krantz. He's up in years now and all of his fellow townsfolk continue to show him special respect. He never saved an old lady from her burning cottage, but the mention of his name begets a pause, a quiet thought. He graduated from high school in the early '30s and applied for the job of assistant manager at Harry Altherr's new business in town. Arny signed up for a bookkeeping course with ICS and soon proved that he could be Mr. Altherr's competent right-hand man. He was all of that.
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.