Remaining alert can keep us out of trouble, and ready for what is sure to come upon us. Andre Previn learned that lesson early in life. As a teenager, the man who became a famous composer, pianist, and conductor, used to play the piano at a cinema that specialized in showing old silent movies. For him, the job didn't last long. He remembered one afternoon he was pounding away the appropriate music for a '20s Flaming Youth flick. He didn't watch the screen, and failed to notice that the movie short had ended and the main feature had begun.
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.