The story is told of a famous British journalist who became quite senile with advancing years, but was still a very entertaining speaker and was invited to speak all over England. He took the train, but had a terrible time remembering where he was headed. Many a time, he got off the train, went into the station and called his wife. "I'm in Bristol," he'd say. "Where ought I to be?" Finally, his wife was so disgusted with his bad memory that the next time he called, she snapped, "You have a ticket in your pocket. Pull it out and LOOK at it." That's good advice for us as we approach Easter.
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.