If you're a city person, raised to know how to get around by bus or freeway, but knowing nothing of farm life, it can be embarrassing to get to know rural life. The trick is to simply admit your ignorance and ask lots of questions, before you make disastrous mistakes.
Take plowing, for example. It certainly looks easy: just drive the tractor from one end of the field to the other, until it's marked with nice, even rows across its breadth. But it's trickier than it looks, until you know how to "sight" a row.
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.