The mockingbird is known for its joyous song. Mockingbirds sing long and strong, almost twenty hours a day, for most of the year. It's got a pretty song of its own, but that's not enough for the mockingbird. It will sing the songs of as many as 35 other birds, eight to ten different tunes a minute. People who study birds report one mockingbird that changed its tune 137 times in ten minutes, but there were only 43 different ones. Gives new depth to the phrase "bird brain." We know that birds sing for mating and territorial reasons.
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.