The manager of a baseball team is the most important person on the team. It is the manager who has control of who plays and where they play, when a player steals, when the batter is to bunt or hit and run. It is the manager who determines when to pitch out, when to bring in a relief pitcher or even when to pinch hit. The interesting thing about the manager is that he is not a player. But he is the one who makes the decisions as to who plays and what they are supposed to do. Whether they do it is a different matter altogether.
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.