It is the manager's task to take the 25 players of a professional baseball team and make them function as a unit. It is the manager who must make the cuts that determine who will be on the team. It is the manager's task to take the players who are in slumps and make them productive once again. It is the manager's task to make the young players feel that they are welcome and capable of playing at the major league level. The manager is the one person on the team who must be in control of everything that goes on, from the player selections, to timely substitutions, to specific game decisions.
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.