The people who witnessed Jesus' healing work were often amazed, a sign that they did not recognize who he was or from whom he came. It has happened to others. The Prince of Wales, later to become England's King Edward VIII, visited the United States during the 1920s, when prohibition was in force. He accepted an invitation to a nightclub, during which visit he was nearly caught in a surprise raid by federal officials. His host hurried him to the kitchen, put a chef's hat on his head and shoved a skillet into his hand, telling him to keep cooking eggs until the danger was past.
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.