Store managers put special items out in a highly traveled area so that when shoppers, who are en route for other needed items, will stop and take this "special" along. It is called impulse buying. It is not something that we really need. It is not something that we plan to buy, nor is it something in our budget. The impulse of the moment. It is fun, sometimes. Other times it creates problems for us or for the family. Surprisingly, impulses may be tempered by planning, praying, and some specific direction in our thinking over weeks and years.
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.