Sue had two young children just learning to crawl. She was overjoyed at their progress in plodding, but concerned about the "playing field" they were learning on. You see, Sue was financially challenged. The house they lived in had been used more like a barn than a habitat for humans. The carpet her young babies crawled on was disgustingly dirty. The knees of their cotton sleepers testified to this fact daily. Dangerous tack strips protruded in high traffic areas. But worst of all was the terrible smell which hung over that carpet.
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.