Invitations can add much joy to life. A certain young lady of your acquaintance is going to get married. You expect that it will be a beautiful event. Many people whom you know will be there. The reception that is to follow will be a glorious event: happy conversations, good fellowship, fabulous food. So you look expectantly for an invitation, hoping you will be on the invitation list. There was a manufacturer who had become very wealthy. One of his hobbies was horses, and he had a fine one which he frequently rode into the country.
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.