When I was a lad my best pal was Jimmy. I thought Jimmy had the smartest grandmother in the whole world. We would go to visit her each summer. She lived on a farm in the hills of Kentucky. Everything one ate at her house came from the farm. The eggs, the sausage, the milk, the biscuits and gravy were all homemade. The cookies she spoiled us with she had made fresh daily. There was something else about her I remember. She seemed to know everything about Jimmy. I suppose it was because she owned the land and she knew what we would do on every inch of it when we were away from the house.
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.