One form of obedience is to those inner urgings of God that we might "find grace to help in time of need." On one occasion there was pressed upon a man of faith the need to call some dear friends he had known for 20 years who lived in California. Last fall the husband lost his job. They were out of the country for a while, and on returning moved to the East Coast. But the friend had no other contact with them. One day months later on a Saturday the man of faith kept feeling the need to be in touch with the unemployed friends.
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.