Things can really seem dull and dead after a rainy weekend, so you can understand how it must have been on the ark. They couldn't play cards because Noah sat on the deck. Well, the tiger suggested to the giraffe that they could choose up sides for a football game. The tiger's team won the toss, and on the first play from scrimmage, the monkey handed off to the rhino, who charged up the middle for ten yards. On the next play the rhino rambled all the way for a touchdown. It seems the giraffe had made all the best picks because at the half his team led 42 to 0.
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.