Several weeks ago I sat in the church office on a sluggish Monday morning with little to do. Inspired by a desire to straighten out the old books in the church library, I repaired thither with dust cloth in hand. All of the old books culled from Sunday school class curriculums were organized by month. At last I came to the placing on the shelves of several tattered and torn Bibles. While engaged in my housekeeping I wiped the covers of several old Bibles ensconced and forgotten in a dim shelf behind the library door.
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.