Our text refers to a shepherd rising to become a great leader. From obscurity to leadership. Is such a leap possible -- now?
Marie Balter certainly did not have an auspicious beginning. Her mother was an alcoholic and she was born illegitimate. We might think being put in a foster home at age five was fortunate, but in Marie's case the couple were severe in their discipline, sometimes locking her in the cellar. Marie was institutionalized in 1947 at Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts and she stayed there for 17 years.
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.