There wasa Sunday school teacher who prided herself on her biblical expertise, innovative pedagogy, and on her promptness. One Sunday she was running behind schedule and exceeding the speed limit to reach the church ontime. Just ahead, she witnessed a hit-and-run accident and the victim lay bleeding on the side of the road. The Sunday school teacher had a dilemma and responded immediately. She drove even faster to compensate for the delay the accident had caused and chose to speed on to church rather than waste time with someone who was probably already dead.
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.