The saying, "One bad apple spoils the whole bunch," isn't always true. Nik is an avid gardener. Along with a large vegetable garden he also has a variety of fruit trees. Several summers ago, Nik invited me out to inspect his trees. One tree in particular was to be the object of our tour. Up on the limbs of this tree, hundreds of tiny pears were forming. As I looked closer, I saw that about one in four of the pears were blighted, shriveled, or rotting on the branch. It seemed that some fungus had invaded the tree.
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.