Signs beside the highway are scattered across the western United States informing
travelers that they're on the old Oregon Trail. At some signs, you can imagine wagon
ruts. At a few places, ruts are etched in the stone they cross. Also, seven miles south of
Vale, Oregon, at Keeney Pass, imagination isn't needed. The natural erosion has
accentuated the ruts, and as you drive Highway 26, they parallel you on the right for a
while, then you realize that the road was built over them and they soon reappear on the
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.