Once upon a time, there was a young lad who had inherited a gold watch. The watch was a work of art, being of a large variety of pocket watch, with an engraved lid and a long chain to wear upon a vest. The watch had been a retirement gift to the boy's great-grandfather, who had passed the watch to his son when he had died. In turn, the boy's grandfather had passed the watch to his son, but had not waited until his own death to do so. Instead, he made it a gift upon the birth of his first grandson, because he wanted to have the pleasure of seeing his son use it.
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.