Alison and her mother always seemed to be at odds, never quite getting along, not
agreeing on much of anything. Every December, her mother would spend a day baking a
variety of Christmas cookies. The family would enjoy some of the cookies while others
were given to neighbors, coworkers, and friends from church.
Something prompted Alison to ask her mother if she could help with making the cookies.
Her request caught her mother by surprise, but she readily agreed. It was just the two of
them as they baked, decorated, and frosted cookies all afternoon. As they were hand
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.