There is a story about an old grizzly bear who roamed the forest terrorizing campers. A group of scouts had set up camp one evening, and then all gone down to the river for a midnight swim. The old bear came crashing into their campsite and spotted a kettle of soup simmering on the campfire, with the lid bounding up and down from the steam. The old bear lumbered over to the pot and greedily picked the kettle up. It burned his hands badly, but instead of dropping it, he clutched it tighter and tighter, for "hugging" is a natural defense mechanism for a grizzly bear.
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.