When Brady was three weeks old, he lay in his mother's arms in the front row of the church as the children's message was delivered. When he was eight months old, he was baptized. Someday he will go to Sunday school, vacation Bible school, and youth fellowship, and join the church through a confirmation class experience.
At his baptismal party, we all joined hands and sang grace before the meal. Among Brady's gifts was a Bible.
I pray that Brady will grow up living as if Christ were living in him.
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.