Bill and Tom are cousins born only ten days apart. Growing up they became best friends
enjoying the same activities. During the summers, they would each stay at each other's
house for a week at a time. They enjoyed outside activities from riding bikes, to
exploring the forest, to playing baseball.
In high school, the two boys drifted apart, each developing different interests. During
their senior year, Bill quit school and began working as a delivery person. Tom's mother
did not tell Tom that Bill quit school until after he graduated. When Tom questioned his
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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.