The last three days had been so impossible, they sounded like fiction. But Marilyn had lived them. It had started with the bathroom wall falling into her bathtub. The cracks in the tile grout had seemed so insignificant. The mess in the tub was proof that they weren't, though whoever had thought adhering tile to plaster drywall was a sound practice needed to have his head examined. She had decided to fix the tile herself, and had gotten pretty good at applying the grout by the time she came to the end of the job, though it took far longer than she had imagined.
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.