As many as 80,000 honeybees can live in a single colony, which they need in order to survive individually. They do not all have the same function. The distinctions are important and the survival of the colony depends upon each performing a particular task. The queen bee is at the heart of the colony. She is the only reproductive female and can lay up to 1,500 eggs per day. As important as she is, she lacks the tools of the worker bees. These tools include pollen baskets, glands for secreting beeswax, and well-developed honey sacs.
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.