Mary was heartbroken when her son Andy came home drunk or when she got a phone call saying that Andy was in trouble for stealing. Each time it happened, Mary patiently told him how very much she loved him and how his life could be different, but Andy just seemed to spurn her love.
One morning Andy woke up in the county jail. He had a hangover and he couldn't remember where he had been the night before. For the first time in years, Andy was scared. The judge said that Andy had to enter an alcohol treatment program.
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.