One day a daughter took advantage of some time off from work to come home and spend a few days with her mother while her father was out of town attending a convention. Her parents were a farming couple and had lived in the same house for more than 40 years. The daughter could not help but notice the special care her mother used as she went about doing her chores around the house. As they visited, her mother went about making the beds, dusting the furniture, and even hung out several loads of laundry on the clothes line so they could smell fresh from the spring breeze.
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.