One television ad featured a young boy who offers to help some children slightly older fixing a bike. They challenge him as one too inexperienced to repair a bicycle. He replies that he can do a lot of things, including making his own dinner. One bright-eyed girl challenges that. He has to prove his boast. The self-confident little fellow marches his doubters into his mother's kitchen. He goes to the kid's corner, takes out that package, throws it into the microwave and promptly serves up a hot dinner. The other kids are impressed. He has won the day, and they figure he can even fix a bike.
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.