When we are children, it is difficult to figure out what our parents are up to. Often, much of what they do does not make sense to us. But we trust that they are in control and love us. Later, after we are grown, we can see the full extent of the love and patience our mom and dad had for us because now we are in the position to be loving parents.
Mark Twain once said something like this about his father: "When I was 18, I couldn't believe how stupid my dad was. But by the time I was 21, it was amazing all the wisdom my father had learned."
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.