Two old friends went bear hunting together. They both boasted of prowess as bear hunters. Each claimed he would be the first to bag a bear. The first said, "I'm so sure I'll get more bears than you, that if I don't, I'll carry you home on my back!" The second one said, "Same goes for me!" And they had a bet. Early the next morning the first one sneaked out of the cabin before the other one was awake. He hadn't gotten a hundred yards into the woods before he surprised a bear looking for breakfast.
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.