Jack Welfield was a kindly old man at the age of 82. His friends where he lived in the Chicago area described him as friendly and humorous. He was the sort of person who went out of his way to be kind and fair to everyone. But in April 1995, he was driving alone in his car, he had a heart attack and collapsed at the wheel, causing his vehicle to ram into the back of another. Within minutes, no fewer than eight people had gathered at the site of the accident. But what do you think these people did? Did they administer first aid? Did they call 911? No.
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.