You have only to watch the weather report each night to discover that some things, no matter how much we may wish otherwise, just aren't certain. Forecasters used to be more daring. With boldness they would take a stab at predicting what the next day would bring, and, if they were wrong, well, that's just the way it is. For some time now, however, forecasts have been given in terms of percentages: 80% chance of rain or 60% chance of snow flurries. That way they are almost never wrong. If it turns out sunny, it can be taken as just another case of the underdog coming through.
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.