It is a bittersweet moment for Carla. For many years, she had been working for a store chain as a clerk. She wanted very badly to be promoted into management, but the old manager's family and friends always got the promotions Carla felt she earned.
Finally that day came, however, and Carla was made manager of the store.
Then the store was bought out by a larger franchise. As manager, Carla had to inform her fellow employees that policies had changed and their world of retail was now very different and full of uncharted areas.
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.