A three--year--old girl became separated from her mother at a department store and spotted what appeared to be an endless row of toys. At first she ran, taking in on one swoop everything from the dolls through the bicycles. She rounded a corner and immediately found herself staring at more television sets than she knew existed. She studied the knobs, the molding on the cabinets, her own reflection in the immense screens. Suddenly she thought, "Mommy!" She looked about. No mommy. Eyes widening, she ran the length of the TV display, rounded another corner, and bashed into a pair of aging knees.
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.