When John Kennedy was in the White House, underlings would complain to him about something or other being "unfair." Kennedy is reported to have snapped back, "Life is unfair!" And so it is. One time I visited the hospital and witnessed a young child being wheeled down the hall. This child's head was shaved and, I assume, he was being treated for cancer. That doesn't seem fair. I buried a fifty-year-old man who left a family. That's too young to die. Life is unfair. An oilrig capsized in Louisiana. Ten men died. That doesn't seem right.
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.