Once there lived a man who was always looking down. No matter where he went, his eyes were turned toward the ground. He was an unhappy soul, always complaining about how unfriendly people were. But because his eyes were focused on the ground he never saw the smiling faces of children or the twinkling eyes of those who greeted him. His weekly excursion into town was particularly dull. How exciting can a dusty path with an occasional stone be? He never saw the blue skies, the rolling hills, the budding trees of spring or the dazzling colors of fall.
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.