They say that experience is the best teacher. That was definitely true for two-year-old Jeffrey. Like most two-year-olds, Jeffrey was full of boundless energy and endless curiosity. It seemed to his mother as if he was always getting into things. Not even the word "no" stopped him for long. For that reason, his mother was particularly nervous about lighting a fire in their fireplace. She knew that the dancing flames and the crackling wood would draw Jeffrey's attention. Then, during one severe snowstorm the power went out. Jeffrey's mother could no longer put off lighting that fire.
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.