At a retreat held at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, three women acquainted themselves with the retreat center's offerings. On one floor was a miniature art gallery featuring works by one of the community's sisters. One of the women began vigorously touching all of the sculptured works, spending more time touching than looking. When asked why she was doing that she explained, "I had a blind daughter who lived only to the age of 27. During that time she helped me to understand that I could use the gift of touch to enhance my world and the worlds of others.
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.