One beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon my wife and I were sitting in the backyard eating plums, each of us reading a good book. I glanced over at her and noticed that as she ate her plum her eyes were closed and she had a peaceful smile on her face. She seemed to be in a different place and time. Then she told me about when she was a little girl her family lived at the lake cabin all summer long. Every Sunday afternoon she and her two brothers and her parents would take the pontoon boat out on the lake.
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.