Marge was frustrated. At forty, her life had settled into a comfortable, if not boring, routine. The children no longer needed her and her husband's business was very successful. But she felt restless, as if there were no meaning in her life. So she spent her free hours doing what she loved best. Her one true love was sewing. Anything the neighbors brought to mend gave her pleasure: she could never think of accepting their money. She made her children the latest fashions that rivaled styles in the hottest stores. Her house had all the homemade decorations it could hold.
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.