As part of a healing workshop the participants were asked to tape an hour of conversation. For many participants this was difficult, not because of the material which had been shared openly with the other group members, but because, as one woman explained, "I don't like the sound of my voice." As she spoke several other participants nodded in agreement. Imagine the energy gained when the group leader, too, admitted that she did not like the sound of her voice on tape -- by sharing her weakness, she gave the group members courage to risk hearing their own voices, too.
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.