Sports fans know that certain players need to have short memories. The closer coming
out of the bullpen in the ninth inning to save a one-run game has to be able to forget the
night before when he gave up a game-winning home run in a similar situation. The
quarterback who trots out onto the field to lead his team has to forget that the last pass he
threw was intercepted and run back for a touchdown. The basketball player at the foul
line, about to take his second shot, has to put out of his mind the fact that he missed the
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.