There are few feelings as bad as realizing your dog has run away. We have three dogs and one of them in particular, named Roman, likes to head off on solo adventures whenever we turn our backs. Well, one day Roman escaped and my wife and I hiked all over the neighborhood trying to find him. After about an hour, we got into the car and widened our search. We spent another 30 minutes driving around, totally distraught, when we decided to check in at home. We thought perhaps Roman would come home on his own.
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.