During my seminary career, I was pastor of a rural church with a parsonage for us to live in. My wife and I went on a week's vacation. When we returned I drank some tainted orange juice which made me very ill. I thought it was the flu so I left it untreated, but I steadily became worse. Finally I went to the hospital, and after tests the results were given to the doctor who came in to talk with me. His first words were, "If you would have waited fifteen more minutes to come here, you would have been dead." The tainted juice gave me food poisoning. The doctors and medicine saved my life.
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.