The instructions from Gary's wife were quite specific. While she was away visiting her family, he was to water each of her plants at least once a day. "No problem," he told her. And it wasn't a problem for the first few days. However, he got busy and missed a day ... or two ... or three. Finally, the day before his wife was to return, he remembered the plants.
When he checked on them, they were all wilted and drooping, the life drying out of them. Fortunately for Gary, the plants all responded to the life-giving water and were in full health by the time his wife returned.
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.