My grandmother wanted to see the Rose Bowl Parade. Her son, who lives in California, told her that if she came to California, he would take her to see the parade. But when they arrived in Pasadena on the day of the parade, my grandmother was very disappointed because she couldn't see the floats because of the crowd. Many people had slept outside in order to have a good view for the parade. My uncle, who is six-foot-four, picked up his mother, who is about five-feet tall, and placed her on his shoulders.
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.