There is a story that still makes its rounds in my hometown. Almost a half century has passed since the days The Reverend Jones (not his real name) came faithfully to our local national guard armory and conducted revival services for up to two weeks, several times a year. One thing is certain; he generated a lot of interest. He was not sponsored by the local ministerial association or by a particular church. He claimed no denominational ties. His message was that the Body of Christ should come together to worship God. I was a teenager those years. I remember attending some of the services.
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.