A number of years ago I was a Girl Guide Captain. As custom demanded, we always held a Mother and Daughter Banquet to end the year. Most often these dinners were fairly routine, but one year we had a little bit of excitement. Dinner was finished and the mothers were talking while the girls ran noisily at the other end of the hall. Suddenly there was a loud bang, followed by a scream of pain! Instantaneously the room quieted. Almost before the cry had silenced the girl's mother jumped out of her chair, turned around to see exactly where her child was, and hurried to her side.
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.