The lumber truck backed into the doorway. Then the driver came to the door. "I'm here by myself," he said to the woman at the door, "is there someone here who can help me?" The woman shook her head no. "Just me," she said. Not wanting to see her long-awaited kitchen cupboards being driven away, the woman said to the driver, "I'll help. We can do it." The driver just muttered, "Maybe we can do the two small ones but I just don't know about the big one." The woman looked at the cupboard on the truck. It didn't look that heavy to her.
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.