We have all heard the child's disclaimer, "He made me do it!" A junior high teacher tells the story of a young girl who ran up behind a boy and whacked him in the head with her history book. The teacher asked the young girl why she did that. Stunned, the girl at first didn't want to answer. She then sheepishly said that he made her do it, it was the only way that she could get his attention. He hadn't been paying attention to her as she wanted him to, so she struck him with her history book! He made me do it.
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.