Sam had spent his entire life being "practical." He'd been brought up to think things through, to do what was "reasonable." Now he was faced with a situation that didn't fit any of his habitual responses. Sam was facing a choice which called for an immediate answer, but he didn't operate that way. Never before had he been so torn; never before had his heart spoken so loudly -- and in such direct opposition to what his reason said was "sensible." "Good grief!" Sam thought. "I have responsibilities -- Susan and the kids. I can't just quit my job, sell my house (our house ... their house).
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.