In one of Aesop's fables, the mighty lion, king of beasts, learns the value of the variety of gifts that God gives the creatures. One day as the lion was sleeping, a little mouse ran across its back and awakened the lion. In a rage, the lion was about to eat the little mouse. But the mouse begged for mercy in such a nice way that the lion let it go. A couple days later, the lion was hunting in the forest and became ensnared in a trapper's net. The lion let out a mighty roar, but it did not faze the braided cords of the net which held the lion fast, no matter how hard it struggled.
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.