In this life there is much suffering. One does not have to look very far to see someone who carries a heavy burden of pain and infirmities. Without hope of relief, the long days of suffering would be intolerable. Paul suffered an affliction and several times engaged in prayer, asking God to remove his source of irritation. But the answer always was to the effect that God's grace would be sufficient to help him handle his problem. So Paul learned to look beyond the present, to look ahead to future life where he would be freed of bodily pain.
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.