One of the leading tourist attractions of Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Some years ago the city fathers discovered that it was leaning too much, so they spent several million dollars to repair it. When a reporter from Newsweek interviewed the chairman of the department of tourism about the repair work, he said, "Our aim was not to straighten up the tower. We only wanted to halt the leaning. If we straightened the tower we'd have no more tourists. We didn't want to straighten it up -- we just wanted to keep it from falling over."
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.