The skill of a pool player lies in knowing how to get the balls to change directions. Seldom is cue ball, target ball, and pocket all aligned in a straight line. The challenge is to apply just the right amount of force at the precise angle that will deflect the target in the desired new direction. The greater the angle of deflection, the less room for error and the more difficult the shot. Most difficult are shots that require a complete change of direction, a shot that by banking off two or three cushions eventually sends the ball back in the opposite direction from which it came.
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.