Tim tells about his friend Jim, who nearly always came to Irvine in the summer to visit. It was where his mother grew up and his grandparents still lived. Tim and Jim had great times in Irvine, for it had mountains and a river that ran right through the town. Tim's dad loved to fish. He would take Tim and Jim out in the boat, and they would sit quietly while he would cross the river from one shore to the other, checking his trot-lines to see if he had caught any fish overnight. One day they heard a voice shouting from the distant shore: "Go away, go away.
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.