The man had tried every way he could think of to get his son to behave. The boy knew what it meant to go to the woodshed. In fact, he knew too well. And he was really getting too big for a "whupping" as his mother called it.
But the boy had hurt his mother's feelings badly, and his dad couldn't ignore it. He didn't really know what he was going to do as he said, "Come on, boy. We're going to the woodshed."
The boy stiffened in anticipation. His father was half afraid he would refuse to go. As big as the boy was getting, his dad doubted if he could make him do so.
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.