It was Saturday morning and Nathan really wanted to go fishing with his friends. But he had promised his grandmother that he would spend his morning helping her. If there was one lesson he had learned so far in his 16 years of life, it was that he needed to keep his promises -- not because he was any better than the average kid. He had simply learned through experience that when he broke a promise to do something he would rather do, he almost never enjoyed doing whatever it was -- and he had to face the consequences of a broken promise as well.
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.