Queen Elizabeth II was visiting in St. Catharines, Ontario. Her parade route had been well advertised. Crowds were turning out in record numbers and Anne was determined to be one of them. Despite the rain that had been falling steadily all day, the mood of the crowd was festive. Anne could hear the cheers as she parked her car. Just as Anne was getting out of her car, a motorcycle came racing out of nowhere and crashed into the car that was parked beside her. The driver hit the pavement, but quickly got up, restarted his bike, and raced away. Now Anne was faced with a choice.
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.