(P) My college cross-country coach was a fine man and very successful in his field. But I could not imagine him ever running a four-and-a-half or five mile race with his more than two-hundred pound bulk! Currently, I know a college track and cross-country coach who keeps in shape by running with his boys. He not only tells them how to run. He shows them. He demonstrates the art with his own body. That has the additional benefit of the coach learning constantly what to teach by the successes, challenges, and frustrations of running that he himself experiences.
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.