At the petting zoo there is a small carousel with five ponies tethered to a pole. Round and round they go in circles, wearing blinders to keep them from seeing far ahead, harnessed into a path that never changes. The small children who have never ridden on a horse are delighted with the experience, but they soon tire of the little circular path. So, the children are removed from the saddles and new children mount up. The ponies go round and round, again and again, in an uneventful and unimaginative parade that goes nowhere.
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.