Rebeca Ruiz had met Carlos Marin at a church convention. They entered the church separately -- late -- and the usher seated them together in the front row. The church was packed. They had to share a Bible.
Rebeca didn't think too much about it until her car didn't start and Carlos asked her where she was headed. They were going to the same town, Tuxtla Gutierrez. The trouble was, it was far away. He graciously offered her a ride, and they chatted the two hours it took to get from San Cristobal to Tuxtla.
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.