Many years ago, Thomas A. Fry, Jr., asked people what they wanted for Christmas. Here are some responses: One woman wanted, more than anything else in the world, a word from her husband that he loved her, and that he would give up the other woman. A boy said that he wanted a chance to talk and play with his dad, who was always too busy for him. A husband said he wanted to see a smile on his wife's face, and to hear her laugh again. A businessman wanted a word of encouragement from a co-worker who always criticized him.
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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.