Kathleen is a miracle in progress. At the age of 10 she developed juvenile diabetes. Unfortunately complications set in and she began to lose her eyesight at the same time. In spite of rapidly deteriorating eyes, Kathleen was able to finish high school and she also learned how to play the piano. When Kathleen was in her early twenties she began to have kidney problems. After 18 years of dialysis, Kathleen was told that if she didn't have a kidney transplant she would die. Over her loud objections, Kathleen's brother Glen had himself tested to see if he could give her a kidney.
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.