The telephone is a wonderful tool for communication. However, it can be both frustrating and frightening to wait for a phone call to come through in times of crisis. A friend shared the following story about one such occasion in his life. My mother was undergoing major surgery and I was not able to be there, as I was in graduate school more than 2,000 miles away from home. Time seemed to stop and even go backwards as the hours passed. I could not concentrate. I was restless. I wanted the phone to ring, but I was afraid the news might not be good.
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.