It was one of those conversations the pastor loves to have. Sally, active in the church all her life, wanted to chat about the joys of being middle-aged. The perspective of mid-life had brought an unexpected self-confidence and satisfying comfort.
It had not been an easy journey. As a young wife and mother, she had a very limited income. "We did not have the money to buy more than the basics. I so longed to dress as others did. I was jealous of their vacations and of the way they could provide for their children."
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.