There was a haunted look in Old Tom's eyes and he wouldn't eat. So Sally took him to the vet. There she was horrified to learn the poor beast had lost three pounds, apparently due to a rotten tooth and a massive sinus infection. Probably if he had been the only cat who lived with Sally, she would have noticed sooner. As it was, the food she put down disappeared; it had only been during the last couple of days that she had paid special attention to Old Tom. With food right in front of him, he was quietly starving to death because he had no way to tell her he was sick. But three pounds!
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.