Political theorists in ancient Greek culture held that qualities for community leadership were first and best developed through household leadership, for men and women alike. A temperate and just leader was one who had developed these skills through careful household management, often involving wise business acumen. In her late 40s, Leontine T. C. Kelly had been a certified lay speaker in her church for a dozen years when she experienced a call to ordained ministry. She had raised a family and established a career as a school teacher.
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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.