When the early Christians shared the bread and the cup together, they recalled aloud the event on which their existence was based. So they were to do until the Lord returned. Remembering the events that define and undergird our existence can give meaning and purpose and direction to life. There is an old cemetery near my hometown, which is probably like many old cemeteries. The markers, many of them marble, have faded, but there are still many stories told by those markers, for those interested enough. One marker commemorated three children of one family who all died on the same day.
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.