Imagine you're in middle school, sitting in detention when another student whispers to you, "I have a plan. Follow my lead." Through cunning, he leads you out of the room and out of the building, dodging teachers and hall-monitors, but shortly after you get outside, you find you're not the only one who skipped; the school bully sees you. As he begins chasing you, your friend promises again to lead you to safety, so you follow for several blocks -- but just when you both have almost lost him, you find you've been lead into a fenced cul-de-sac. Some friend! Some leader!
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.