A man had taken over a defunct grain elevator in my little hometown. An entrepreneur of great ability and in his mid-30s, one of the first actions he took was to hire someone trained in accounting and inventory control; chosen for that responsible position was a man known by all as Arny. When I was hired as a schoolboy for part-time work, it was soon plain that Arny was the day-by-day boss. I discovered this dramatically one day when I overheard a telephone conversation in which the owner was talking with the cashier of the local bank.
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.