During the "March Madness" of 1993, the University of Michigan's men's basketball
team was favored to beat the University of North Carolina. However, the University of
Michigan lost. After the game, when Michigan's team had gone to the locker room, a
reporter asked their coach, Steve Fisher, what he was going to say to his team. He
answered, "Cry, feel awful!"
For humans genuinely to grieve we must somehow cry and feel awful. Denying our grief
doesn't accomplish much for long. We won't start climbing out of the hole of grief until
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.