Thomas Parlette tells about the time when he and his wife were expecting their first child: "From our sonogram appointments, we know that we are having a boy. Over the last few months, my wife has commented about how active our son is. My mother now lives to tell my wife stories about how active I was, also. All through her pregnancy, my mother knew I was going to be a handful because I was constantly kicking and flipping around. After I was born, I continued to be a very active little boy -- to the point where my mother claims that these days I would have been diagnosed with A.D.D.
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.