Kathy was a quiet girl who mostly stayed in the background of whatever was going on at the time. She wasn't unpopular, but her shyness tended to make people overlook her. In a crowd, she could be almost invisible. Kathy worked hard at school, taking on each subject, each assignment as a challenge that had to be conquered. She was a good student with marks in the A-/B+ range. She was assigned the clarinet in music class, and though this was her first exposure to music, she practiced diligently and became a solid member of the school band.
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.