A new Christian, Chris sought to live a life that would honor a God who sent his only son to die for him. He read many Christian books. In particular, a book on simplifying one's life caught his attention, and simplicity was his new motto. He had had a good life and his many gadgets attested to this. But he was tired of meaningless things: objects that got in the way, objects that had been given out of obligation, objects that had to be stored. He began to go through his possessions and made four piles: keep, thrift shop, trash, give away. He thought about the origin of each item.
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.