Most of us have had the experience of standing in the large room at an airport, waiting for our luggage to appear. Round and round the carousel turns. Each passenger looks eagerly for his or her bag. Some bags look alike. You can hardly tell whether it's yours or not. And sometimes, persons take off bags only to discover that they aren't theirs after all. Occasionally you observe an inventive soul who has marked the bag in a special way, maybe a piece of yellow yarn tied to the handle or a big yellow circle on the side. No problem for this person to see his or her suitcase coming.
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.