"Turn right at the next junction." Shirley had been glancing up at the landscape and then down at the map, trying to coordinate what she saw and what the map indicated would be there.
"Are you sure?" Her husband, Mark, was watching for signs to the country church they had selected to attend that morning. Then, they would continue their trip north to the lake cabin they had rented for a week of long-needed rest.
"According to the map," Shirley responded, head bobbing up and down like the bobble figure of Garfield the Cat in the back window of the car.
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.