Luke provides a priceless glimpse into the family life of Jesus' boyhood, providing us with untold homiletical wealth. One wise pastor used this story in a heartrending manner during a funeral. A couple had taken their little boy for a visit with his grandparents. The adults were loading the car in preparation to return home and, for just a few moments, the toddler was unsupervised. He ran into the back yard and fell into the swimming pool and quickly drowned. The parents and grandparents felt intense grief, intensified with acute shame and guilt.
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.