It was 2 a.m. when the woman strode into the Emergency Room with the feverish child. His temperature was 105, and he was having a hard time breathing. His clothes were quickly removed, and the doctor's exam was brief. Red in the face, he turned to her and nearly shouted, "This child has double pneumonia! Why did you wait so long to bring him in? How long has he been sick, anyway?" Before she could get words out, the doctor ordered the child into intensive care, where a respirator would boost his rasping breathing. "What were you waiting for, lady?" he demanded as they began treatment.
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.