The young businesswoman on the way to work who stops to change a tire for a pregnant woman with a two-year-old child in the car seat ... The junior high principal who administers CPR to the school cafeteria worker whose son is known to be dying of AIDS ... The office workers who band together to care for the four or five homeless people who survive on the streets near their office building ... The parents of a 12-year-old boy who donate his organs after they learn the news that only the respirator is sustaining his life. The price of servanthood is good.
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.