For the past few years, my mother has been giving me limoge boxes for Christmas. These are little ceramic pillboxes that come in various shapes and designs. They often come with a little figure inside that fits with the main design. For instance, a magician's top hat has a tiny rabbit inside; a golf bag has a golf ball, and so on. So far, I have two limoge boxes that are biblically based: a nativity scene with a little star inside, and a Noah's Ark scene with a little dove holding an olive branch. I have often wondered whether a Holy Week limoge exists.
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.