I passed by a church the other day. The pastor was out mumbling to herself as she pulled weeds in the parsonage garden. I had heard that this particular pastor considered weeding the garden good therapy. She liked to control and order events in the church, her marriage, her office, her universe --everything nice and neat and controlled by her. Weeds were a symbol of a fast and easy solution to disorder, yank them up and throw them away --poof, the flower bed is easily in order, the weeds are doomed to destruction ... good therapy for a frustrated pastor.
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.