In the old horse-and-buggy days, a young man was engaged to marry a young woman. This young man and woman were looked upon by the townsfolk as being the perfect couple. The day of their marriage was looked to with great anticipation by everyone in town. One day, as the young man stood on the curb of the street, he saw a runaway horse charging down the road. As he looked closer, he realized that his sweetheart was sitting helplessly in the carriage to which the horse was hitched. Suddenly, without any thought for himself, the young man rushed out into the street and grasped the bridle.
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.