Sometimes when a person has come to me for counseling because of incredible stress bearing down on them, I suggest we take a long, slow walk. Since most people expect to sit across from me in the study for the course of a counseling session, the suggestion catches them off guard, and is accepted. We go to one of the cemeteries in the area. I usually let the individual make the selection of our destination. When we arrive, I suggest we sit for a brief period. In that time, I ask the individual to share with me some special characteristics of his or her family of origin.
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.