It had been so many years since the incident, Silvia had lost count; it was something beyond 40 -- a lifetime ago, actually. But the incident itself was etched in her memory, not because she particularly wanted to recall it, but because she had no choice. It wouldn't go away; she couldn't forget. Third grade? Fourth grade? She had been young -- but old enough to know better. She was a member of a service club that met after school, a club that valued honor. They had gone on a field trip to a lapidary shop. Silvia had been enthralled!
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.