The young pastor had been serving the rural congregation for just two months, but it seemed a long eight Sundays to her. For some reason, she wasn't getting the response to her sermons that she expected. No one seemed to appreciate her humor, to respond to her stories with any kind of emotion at all, in fact!
Finally, she decided to find out what the folks were thinking by asking them questions as they came out of church. Surprisingly, they all liked her sermons, and thought she was making good points. Why, then, had she been getting no response, she wondered.
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.