A woman made an appointment with her pastor. She needed to talk with someone. Her pastor was aware of the situation. Her husband had left her for another woman. Apparently, this had some effect on her children. They were very angry and argumentative. Her home was in constant turmoil, with people yelling at one another. Her children were also having problems at school. They had always been good students, but lately their grades were very poor and they weren't studying. To add to all of this, this woman had some problems with her health and she had to spend a few days in the hospital.
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.