A story is told of a minister who received a telephone call from a man who had a concern. His father, 96 years of age, had just won the lottery -- 30 million dollars. But they hadn't told their father yet. He had a weak heart, and they were afraid that the news might kill him. So the minister agreed to go and speak with their father. After talking with this man about a number of things at the church, the minister said to him, "What would you do if you suddenly came into a great deal of money -- say 30
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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.