Each August, the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto presents a spectacle of color,
activity, creativity, and entertainment. All through the midway the hucksters beckon you
to come try this game of chance, see the incredible sights of this exhibit, or try this
breathtaking ride. Off the midway, one ventures through another set of peddlers who cry
out for your attention and money. "Buy my product," they urge. From pens that write
upside down, sprays that keep your bathroom window de-fogged, miracle solutions that
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.