The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor
could see that tomorrow's wedding might be in for problems. "You're letting it all get to
you," he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. "Just take it one little step at a time. When
you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of
you. You've walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think
only of that.
"Then, when you get to the front, glance toward the altar. Here's where you first received
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.