Tom knew his proposal was not going to be popular. Not so long ago, that would have made a difference to him, enough of a difference that he would have backed down. His ego used to get in his way quite a lot. But now, having experienced what it was like to act on his true feelings, what people thought didn't seem to matter so much any more. He was who he was. He'd spent most of his life trying to accept others on that level, but realized he had not extended the same grace to himself. And that was exactly what had turned him around, grace.
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.