Intense anxiety can cripple us. Agoraphobia is a growing problem around us -- agoraphobia being an intense, irrational fear of leaving a well-defined area, such as one's home or immediate neighborhood. During a recent television program a woman told her story of having the opportunity to live in one of the most exciting cities in the world for two and a half years, but she did not experience much of the city or its sights. She suffered panic-anxiety attacks in this new place, became agoraphobic, and rarely saw anything outside her apartment building and the route to her psychiatrist.
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.