About fifty years ago, in response to the Lord's call, my wife and I put all of our
belongings in the back of an old Chevy and headed south from Portland, Oregon, with
our son to Los Angeles so we could finish schooling for ministry preparation. Some
friends and family thought we were crazy. We'd starve. Norma would wind up barefoot
and toothless and who knew what would happen to our son.
After school, no church wanted me to serve them. The oil company for whom I worked to
support the family offered me a position in northern California. Promotions came
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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.