When do we stop to praise God? There was once a woman who was running late for an appointment downtown. She had arrived at her destination ahead of time, but there was not a parking space to be found. She went to a nearby parking lot, only to find that every space there was filled as well. Circling the block for the fourth time, she began praying, "Oh Lord, help me find a spot to park! I'm getting to be so late, and this is so important!" Even as she spoke the "Amen," a car pulled out just a few feet in front of her, right in front of the building she needed to enter.
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.