There is the old story of an old time preacher who told his congregation that he was going to preach on Noah and the Ark the next Sunday. A couple of mischievous boys decided to liven things up a bit and slipped into the church during the week and glued two pages of the Bible together. The following Sunday the preacher began to read: "Noah took himself a wife and she was ..." and then he turned the page and continued reading, "... 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high." The preacher paused, and reread the passage to himself again.
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.