Weariness can beat us down. It finally led Rosa Parks to take a chance with the city bus system in her southern town. She knew the rules: black people had to sit in the back of the bus, but there were plenty of seats in front, so she took one. When asked later why she defied the rules, and unwittingly started a bus boycott which changed the South, she said, "Once I sat down, I was just too tired to get up again." In the midst of our weariness, we have the promise of Jesus' readiness to give us the rest we need.
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.