"Who would ever have dreamed that we are now raising our grandchildren rather than living out our retirement dreams?" This scenario occurs more often than one would want to imagine. A couple in their late fifties to early sixties now has their son or daughter-in-law or both living in their home with the grandchildren! This is not how things are supposed to be. The son does have a college degree. But the jobs he and his wife are able to get pay minimum wage. There are college loans to pay off along with other bills. It is a warm summer.
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.