What parent is not struck by the "mystery" of a newborn?
The father and mother went to the birthing place as two and three came home! One is tiny and quite helpless. Can it be that this is what was making the bulge in the mother's abdomen? Can it be that this small bundle of life has been growing from a two-celled beginning inside the mother? One cannot help but stand in awe before a newborn child with its tiny fingers and toes, her unfocused but inquiring eyes, her squealing cry and her soft, delicate skin.
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.