Rodney stared into his own eyes, reflected in the mirror -- and for the first time in years, he didn't feel the irrepressible urge to look away; he was finally beginning to accept himself, even to like himself. He knew he still had some distance to go; but he also knew he was going to make it. All these years he had blamed himself for the lives lost in the auto accident. And he was right in doing so; the accident had been entirely his fault. He'd thought of his attitude as accepting responsibility. In reality, he had gone far beyond that.
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.