Randy laughed. He was watching an hour-long video his classmates made "to keep him company" while he was in the hospital. He especially loved their hats. This must have been the fortieth time he had seen it this week. Randy turned to see who had knocked. It was the chaplain who came by every morning. Randy rewound the video and together they laughed at the jokes and hats and faces. The chaplain handed Randy a baseball card. They talked about Randy's favorite team: the Anaheim Angels. But the chaplain was distracted.
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.