In the middle of the night a certain woman woke up when she heard a desperate shouting, "Help! Help!" At first she thought it was her husband, but she looked and he was sleeping peacefully beside her. So she wondered if that voice calling out to her had just been part of a crazy dream. But she kept hearing the voice yelling, "Help! Help!" So she turned on the light and went downstairs. Much to her surprise, she found a would-be thief, stuck upside-down in her fireplace chimney. That would be an example of a foolish person.
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.