J. Winston Pearce has a wonderful story in his old book, I Believe [(Nashville:
Broadman Press, 1954], pp. 19-20). Out of Rome comes the story of the triumph of a
great emperor. After a particularly victorious campaign, the crowds lined in the streets of
the imperial city as their great leader rode slowly through the streets in his chariot. There
were thousands that pushed and shoved to see and perhaps touch the chariot of this great
man. The soldiers did their best to hold back the crowds so the chariot could pass. But
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.