Paul seems to be saying, "Bloom where you are planted." Martin Luther talked about the priesthood of all believers. Both were saying that God gives each one of us ample opportunity to do ministry, no matter where we are. A young seminary student was getting ready for graduation and was asked to fill out a questionnaire about the kind of setting he would like to do his ministry in. Being from New York, he thought that it would be fun to be in a small town for a change. His first interview was in a church located in a town with a population of 250 people.
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.