Rex Reed has a disease that is slowly causing his body to shut down. His feet are so twisted that he cannot walk. His hands are so drawn that he can barely move his fingers. He needs help feeding and bathing himself. Velcro holds all of his clothes together. Yet Rex will tell you that he has everything he needs for joy! He knows that his suffering is temporary and not eternal. He is joyful in the midst of his pain because he says that Lord has given him a portion of his character. Because of this, Rex lives in the hope of a better life.
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.