"Jeff, I just might have something special for you when I come home from work today. Don't plan anything." Jeff watched his dad drive away. "This will no doubt be good," Jeff thought to himself. "I bet if I clean up the yard and paint the fence, Dad will give me some money, so I can buy a ticket to the air show that's in town. All day Jeff worked diligently in the yard. By 5:00, the last post on the fence was painted and the brushes cleaned and put away. The phone rang and Jeff ran into the house to get it. "Jeff, I'm running a little late.
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.