It was late afternoon, and I was on my way home in downtown Detroit. On my bicycle, I was moving along in the parking lane, thankful that I wasn't in the long line of cars waiting for the lights to change. I needed to get home and get things together for my evening appointment. Just ahead, in the median strip, I observed a car with police officers around it. They were obviously handling the situation, so I could pass by. But a second look gave me to know that the driver was a friend who lived in a high-rise apartment. Of course, I stopped, jumped off my bicycle, and hurried to her side.
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.