She was raised in a Christian home. I was her pastor. Over the many years I served that church, she was one of the faithful. But I could tell by the look on her face that she was troubled about something. I invited her to come and share with me sometime. She came to my office and unloaded a story I will never forget. She said to me through her tears, "My mother never ceases to tell me that I am not a member of God's family since I am no longer a member of her own particular denomination." I knew her mother. I felt a kindred spirit with both of them.
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.