Shirley was in her first year of University and for her, it literally was a year of firsts: the first time she'd lived away from home, the first time she'd lived in a city, and the first time she'd been away from the church she grew up in. Once the initial excitement began to wear off she was lonely. She missed her family, her friends, her church and even her dog. Shirley did what she could to combat her loneliness. She joined a church, she phoned home often, and she spent more and more time with other students -- especially Brian.
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.