Lindy is 24 years old. Following her college graduation, she spent a year teaching in a rural Kenyan village. This past year she taught predominately Hispanic students in Fort Worth, Texas.
Within the next month, Lindy will undergo surgery in order to donate a kidney to her mother, who is in failing health. The surgeon has informed Lindy that even though she will take longer to recover than her mother, the surgery is not nearly as perilous as a decade or two ago. As long as her remaining kidney functions efficiently, she should continue in excellent health.
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.