Sometimes it is not easy to remember that each of us is as important as the next. But a third-grade boy, Anthony Rountos, adequately recorded this fact in a letter to a nursing home resident. "Everybody knows that God made people for a purpose," Anthony wrote. "The nice thing about getting old is that maybe you have discovered why God made you. And if you do not know, maybe you have not finished your job on earth. Your job can be something the whole world will know or something as small as a piece of sand on the beach. Without every piece of sand, you have no beach." -- Winifred
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.