Karen Hoover, a Methodist pastor in Seattle, tells of a woman who phoned to ask if she might just come and sit in the sanctuary in order to try to overcome the fears she feels in church. The woman came, sat in a pew, and tearfully related how she had been sexually abused in childhood, by her father, by an uncle, and even by her brother. Then, writes Hoover, "in a burst of rage she looked up at the stained-glass window which pictures Jesus saying, 'Come unto me,' and she shouted: 'Where were you when they were hurting me? You're a man.
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.