Mark and Julie remember how hectic Christmas celebrations were when they were first married. Both of their parents insisted that they spend Christmas Day with them. The problem was that their parents lived in different towns. Before dawn, Mark and Julie would leave to travel to Julie's parents' home. They would arrive mid-morning. They would open presents and then sit down to eat dinner. By early afternoon they would leave for Mark's parents, arriving later that afternoon. They would again open presents and eat dinner with Mark's parents.
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.