When the Beatles came to the United States in the mid-60s their travel plans and hotel accommodations were usually kept secret. If they weren't, their fans would soon be mobbing them for autographs and the like. Great crowds of their fans gathered wherever they went just to catch a glimpse of them or touch even the edges of their coats. Their own personal time was indeed at a premium. The same can be said today for many movie stars, noted personalities and other famous people. Their travel arrangements, their comings and goings of any kind must be done in secret.
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.