I have never met anyone like him. Old Joe, I mean. At least that's what I affectionately called him since his years greatly exceeded my own.
Old Joe was a parishioner in a church I served in Port Arthur, Texas. He was also an avid fisherman, and often took me into the bayous, lakes and other waterways that shape the northeastern coast of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. From early morning until late in the day we would attempt to convince the fish of our need for them to take our bait, leave the water, and join us in the boat. Sometimes we succeeded.
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.