A pastor went to visit with one of her members who had stopped attending worship. When the pastor inquired of her the reasons why she was not attending worship, she said, "Pastor, I have done something terrible. I feel so guilty and I don't know where I can find a cure for my guilt." After sharing with her pastor what she had done, she said, "Do you think that God could ever forgive me?" With this, the pastor shared with the woman an event from her past. After doing this, she said to the woman, "Let me now tell you where I found a cure for my guilty conscience.
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.