Drew is not what one would think of a college student. He does not attend wild, late-night
parties. He shares a dormitory room with two members of his Bible study group. His
quest to find a place of authentic worship has led him to a mainline church. He candidly
claims that this is not the life he saw himself living when he left home for college. Nor is
this the life his parents led.
More engaged in his faith than his parents, Drew takes his faith seriously. His college
years allowed him to rethink what he believes. "For me," Drew explains, "accepting Jesus
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.