An old fable told about two ducks and a frog. They often played together in a small pond. The hot days of summer arrived. The pond dried up. The three friends were forced to move. The ducks could easily fly to another place. The frog could not so easily move to a new location. The frog suggested that the ducks hold a stick in their beaks. The frog planned to cling to the stick with his mouth as the ducks flew to a new place. The frog was proud of his shrewd idea. During the flight, they passed over a farmer who looked up and saw them. The farmer wondered aloud, "What a great idea!
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.