John was adopted. He was never told about it until he had figured it out for himself and started asking questions. He loved his adopted parents, but he always felt that there was some sort of shame involved in his past. He thought about his real parents and wondered how much his adopted parents really loved him. He almost felt that he owed them something because they had "bought" him. Jane was also adopted. She was told about it from the beginning, but in such a way that she was proud of it. She was a special child, a "chosen" child, who had made two people such proud and happy parents.
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.