Betty Lou taught piano to elementary school students for twenty years. She said her
students taught her as much about life as she taught them about piano. She pointed to the
children's behavior at the recital. She introduced each student, stated how long he or she
been playing, then named the piece the child would perform. Many children, however,
sitting on the piano bench waiting for her to finish her introduction, actually started to
play before she completed her final sentence.
She said their eagerness to get on with their playing was like the early Christians. Life
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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.