I was setting up my private communion set in order to celebrate Holy Communion with a member of my congregation who had been restricted to bed in a long-term care facility for seven weeks. Throughout that time she and I had talked many times about God's healing power and strength. Quite often, her roommate would join in on these discussions. I always looked forward to my time with these women and to the prayer which always closed our fellowship together. As I set out the chalice and paten her roommate looked on. I looked into her eyes.
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.