Living in the mountains gives one an opportunity to witness some beautiful sights. One winter morning we awoke to see deer running through our backyard. There was about six inches of snow on the ground and the brown deer stood out against the backdrop of the clean, white snow. Another time, after a violent summer storm, my wife and I saw in the sky a double rainbow. Upon seeing this, my wife commented, "How can anyone look at such a beautiful sight and not believe in the existence of God?" This double rainbow helped to confirm within her her belief in the existence of God.
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.