Alma was a daughter of the Great Depression. She learned to make a little go a long way, and even though she now had ample resources, she never deviated from those hard-learned lessons. Once when her nephew was with Alma on a camping trip, he was distressed to see his Aunt Alma take a can of tuna and proceed to make sandwiches from a whole loaf of bread. Needless to say, there was not a lot of tuna in each bite. But, tuna does go a long way! Jesus made several fish and few loaves of bread go a long way, too.
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.