"Those Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine": do you remember that tune? The story around it is that one of the "gang" is lamenting the changes and chances of life, especially when it is brought about by the institution of marriage. One of the lines goes like this: "There goes Jack, there goes Jim, down to lovers' lane. Now and then, we meet again, but they don't seem the same." The reality is, his buddies are not the same -- and for good reason. They are transformed because their lives have been "married into" another life so that two have become one.
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.