A young woman stopped into a coffee shop. When asked if she wanted any fresh Danish pastries with her coffee the woman declined saying that she was on a diet. Taking a seat by the window she noticed the man at the next table was preparing to leave, and lo and behold when he got up he left behind one perfectly good untouched donut. Inside the young woman there was a struggle, and very soon she gave into temptation. She reached over and took the pastry from the table and bit into it just as the man returned carrying his second cup of coffee.
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.