My friend tells the story of an aunt who has spent the better part of her retirement years fleshing out the family tree. She has traveled the continents researching libraries, walking through graveyards to read gravestones, collecting pictures, reading court records and old newspapers, and doing everything within her power to record her ancestry. For her, every one of them is a hero and has an interesting story to tell. Yet this same aunt despises her son-in-law and forbids him to enter her home. Her daughter is almost forgotten because of some misunderstanding of twenty years ago.
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.