In a small town the quietest fellow was the town pharmacist. He spent his days filling prescriptions for his customers from the doctor's office. When evening came he closed the pharmacy and went home. He was a family man and his three sons were among the more respected young boys in the community. They were athletes in all sports at the local high school. Their dad would come to their ballgames to watch them play. He would sit quietly while other fans were cheering their team on to victory. It was simply not his nature to yell and scream at the games.
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.