We all want to live the good life, but few of us are willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
In the Florida Everglades lives a tribe of native Americans called the Mississukis. They are world famous as alligator wrestlers.
One day a tourist was talking to a member of the tribe and she complimented him on the beautiful necklace that he wore. The Mississukis man explained that his necklace was made out of alligator teeth. "Ah" said the tourist, "It is kind of like a pearl necklace."
"Not quite," said the Indian, "Anybody can open an oyster."
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.