Part of the nature of grace is that it is always surprising; it is always unexpected. Mary certainly found that out when she learned she was pregnant and would give birth to a son. A two-year-old girl in a coffee shop experienced that same sense of surprise one day while having lunch with her father. She was enjoying her cheese sandwich and french fries when she reached for her empty glass of soda. There were only a few ice cubes left at the bottom of the glass as she tipped it upside down and shook.
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.