A mother once came to me telling that she would like to see her son involved with the youth group, but, according to her son, the people in the youth group did not want him in the youth group. In speaking with some of our youth, they told me that this young man was a "burnout." I thought that I knew the meaning of this word, but I asked the youth to explain the meaning to me. They told me that he "drank and smoked and used drugs." I asked them if they had ever seen him do any of these things and they said "no!" But this was what others were saying about him -- it was his reputation.
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.