There are many benefits to pastoral ministry. We are invited to share with people their
anniversaries, their successes, their laughter, and their families. Just this morning I
received an email from a woman who calls me pastor, telling me of the thrill she and her
family have in receiving their green cards for permanent residency in this country. We
have prayed often together for this to happen, and have been stymied and disappointed by
so many setbacks and challenges. But now her joy jumps, and she sends it my way as
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.