Marsh has Down's Syndrome. At ten, one might mistake his actions for those of a five-year-old. And as a five-year-old would, Marsh accepts whatever people tell him. Marsh loves his parents, his three sisters, and his friends. He loves anyone he meets. He even loves his speech therapist, who will not allow Marsh to drag his tongue while he speaks. Marsh loves everyone. Marsh accepts anything anyone says. If his parents ask him to do something, he does it. If his sisters ask him to get something, he will get it. He loves to be helpful. Marsh loves to be loved by his family.
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.