Outside the study of my new pastorate was a memorial garden honoring a family rich in the history of the congregation. It was the favorite meeting place of a ladies group within the church. They took special care to make sure the garden was always well kept. They seemed to have that magic touch of the florist. It was a source of pride, and rightly so. They knew the seasons of the year and just what the garden needed. On the day of my arrival, in the midst of the garden and in the midst of the ladies of the church stood Robert. He was using crutches and his right ankle was in a cast.
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.