In Leaving Home, Garrison Keillor tells of one of those summer weeks when not much happened in Lake Wobegon. This particular summer Bunsen Motors was not making enough money to keep the four regular employees on the payroll. The four were Clarence and Clint Bunsen, Stanley and Earl. There was also Marlys Diener, who worked part-time at the bookkeeping. The reason Clarence was going to borrow seven thousand dollars to get through summer was because people were not buying Fords in Lake Wobegon as they used to. People were traveling 40 to 50 miles in either direction to buy from a big dealer.
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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.