Anyone who has lived on or visited a farm will know that roosters love to crow in the
morning. But is that because they are programmed to do so or is it because they are
awake and why not crow? Roosters also crow when they are attempting to mark or
protect their territory. They crow to assert their authority over other roosters. They crow
when they hear hens cackling and they crow when they hear other roosters crow.
Roosters crow at all hours of the day, and will crow at night when disturbed. One farmer
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.