It was the custom in a particular church for the people to go to the chancel to place their money in the offering plate. Slowly, they came down the aisles, each placing his/her gift in the plate. Near the end of the line walked a small boy, shabbily dressed, who looked as though he had nothing to give. But wonder of wonders, instead of placing money in the plate, he stepped up and stood in the plate. Of course, such a strange act needed an explanation, so the pastor asked him what he was doing.
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.