I was living my dream of owning a business in my birthplace of Cincinnati, Ohio. I was an active layman in my church. But my dream collapsed. My business failed and my life took a turn. I did what seems to be the usual response: I asked God, "Why?" Why did I have to endure a painful business bankruptcy? The temptation was to be angry with God. How could this fit into the scheme of things when the Bible says: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28 NIV)? That was 23 years ago.
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.