While home from college during spring break, a young woman made an appointment to see her pastor concerning a career decision. She was thinking about going into the ministry, but she felt unqualified. During her conversation with her pastor, he said to her, "What qualifications do you think one should have to go into the ministry?" To this she replied, "One should be a good preacher and this is something that I am not good at!" To this her pastor replied, "There is more to being a good minister than being a good preacher. Saint Paul did not consider himself to be a good preacher.
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.