I grew up in Oklahoma and lots of Indian children went to my grade school. They were very poor; many times they came to school barefoot, even in cold weather. I can remember the teacher giving them pencil and paper, and they never had lunch. They hung together in a tight knot on the playground and never joined in with our games and activities. One day, in the fourth or fifth grade, we were studying a unit on Indians, and the teacher looked over at this group of children who always sat together in the back of the room with their heads hung low and said, "Each of you children belong to a tribe.
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.