Paul was 43 years old. He'd been happily married for 20 years. He and his wife had three young children. He had a good job, a new house and a great family. Life was good. But then the bottom fell out of Paul's world. He found out that he was going to be laid off. There was no hope of a recall. Paul had no idea what he was going to do. He'd quit school at the age of 16 to go to work and he'd been working ever since. He'd learned one trade after another but had never formalized his training. In many ways he was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none.
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.