I've performed hundreds of weddings in my 26 years as a pastor. In the counseling sessions before the wedding, we talk about a wide variety of topics related to married life. Early in those conversations, we talk about the goal (or goals) of marriage. One of those goals is that the two shall become one ... and stay together for life. They become one in many ways, including taking one last name. (I know that this is not always the case for every couple, but I've yet to meet any in my experience.) The bride will often say out loud something like: "Hi, my name is Mrs. John Alexander!
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.