Walking the streets of Seattle, Michael carried a backpack with his possessions and wore the clothes on his back. Occasionally he got a day job and picked up some money for his needs.
John was coming out of a club one night when he ran into Michael on the streets. Michael approached him and asked for money for dinner. For some reason, John was drawn to Michael. He seemed friendly enough. There was a fast-food place across the street.
"Come on," John said. "Let's go over there and grab something to eat."
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.