The man had been promising the minister that he would soon be attending his church. Finally, after the eighth encounter, the man confessed why he had not come. "The truth of the matter, Reverend, is that I would visit your church but I just can't find my way. Where did you say that place was again? Besides there's just too many hypocrites there!" said the man smugly. "Well," said the parson, "I pastor a church where the entire congregation is physically blind, but somehow they can find their way to church each Sunday. Since you have eyes and still can't find us, I'd say you should visit.
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.