One of the great privileges pastors have is being able to be with people at momentous times of their lives. I was called one evening to be with friends in the congregation I was serving as one of their parents lay dying in an area hospital. The father was peaceful and the setting quiet. It was a hospital that I had not been in before and at one point my friends and I took a stroll through the halls.
Down the hall we came to the nursery and looked at the babies behind the glass. The beginning and ending of life in that place had a profound impact on us all.
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.