Never underestimate what God can do. God can bring about profound changes. Take, for example, what happened in the 1890s to the governor of Colorado. The governor hurried home to the governor's mansion to meet a visiting preacher; this preacher was the Billy Graham of his day. The governor was curious and high with expectations, but what he found was a squint-eyed, ugly little man. There was nothing about this man's outward appearance to suggest that he was a giant in the faith. The disappointment on the governor's face was easy to see, but the preacher was undaunted.
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.