I once witnessed a near drowning and it was frightening. Seeing a slightly older boy sinking below the surface for the third time became a recurring nightmare for me as a boy of ten. The victim had only himself to blame. When he was seen struggling in the water, a life preserver tied to a rope was thrown to him. Though it was within his reach he disdained its use, thinking he could swim out of his difficulty. Apparently he did not want to look like a weakling who needed help. So the life preserver was pulled back to shore.
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.