Cathy was a new Christian and equally new to the church. She began attending Bible
study because she said she wanted to learn more about Jesus. She admitted that she knew
little since her family was not religious. There were times when some of her comments
caught others off guard.
One day she told the group that at one point she had planned to end her own life. The
others listened intently as she described her hopeless situation. Then one night, after she
had too much to drink, she stumbled into a neighborhood church. She had never been in a
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.