College students get a little anxious before their parents come to
visit. They spend a few days frantically cleaning their apartment or
dorm room, making sure that their laundry is clean and all surfaces are
white glove test worthy. Usually parents schedule their visits far in
advance, but every now and then they may stop by for a surprise visit.
Conscientious students whose parents live close enough to drop by
unannounced may live more conservatively than some of their peers.
Instead of just cleaning before parents' day, these students try to
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.