A writer has said that one of the purposes of a novelist is to make ordinary life seem legitimate. While most people we know lead ordinary lives, many of them feel that ordinary living is lacking, that it is not sufficiently special, that it is not quite a legitimate way of spending one's three score and 10 years. For them real life is "out there" somewhere where the party is, and their only hope is to find themselves transported to the party. Others seem to think that their ordinary lives are not sufficiently normal. Their agenda is to get "back to" or "around to" living a normal life.
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.