Tom, a publisher, needed a successor. He had been eyeing three top editors with different work habits and extraordinary patience. Time was getting shorter, as Tom's lung cancer was spreading. Tom spent more and more time in the conference room watching the staff work and interact. He had spent 43 years here and wanted his successor to be an able person. Tom begin to see patterns developing: excellent work habits, deadlines being met, kindness to line editors while correcting their work, and good rapport were the marks he was looking for. He was ready to announce his successor.
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.