As the son of a police chief I learned very early in life about the necessity of laws for the protection of the individual. Later, after I became a police officer, I was sent to a distant city to return a young man who was charged with automobile theft. As we traveled, I learned through our conversation that the young man had almost no sense of right or wrong. He had been raised by a criminal father with practically no discipline or rules by which to live. He was allowed to do whatever "felt right" at the moment, and was never given any religious instruction.
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.