A lovely young woman named Gail lived in a beautiful suburban neighborhood. Her family had worked hard to move there from the city, believing it a better place to rear their daughter, away from exposure to drugs and other temptations. They bought a small house in a quiet neighborhood and joined the neighborhood church, where Gail regularly attended the youth group and worshipped with her parents each week. As Gail began to know the members of the youth group, however, she learned that they all drank, and not secretly, either.
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.