Cal attended church every Sunday, taught the high school Sunday school class, and sat on the church board. He had a deep faith. But there is one thing for which Cal is deeply sorry. Cal's friend, Barry, had been raised by strict parents. He was taught that one should never drink alcohol. Cal, whose parents served wine with meals, and didn't frown on the occasional beer, believed that drinking was okay if done in moderation. Cal and Barry worked construction together. It was hot work and often after work, Cal would stop for a beer on the way home.
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.