The early nineteenth-century landscape painter, J. M. W. Turner, was totally devoted to
his craft. Once while crossing the Alps, the coach he was traveling in overturned. He was
marooned with the rest of the passengers in the snow as the sun was setting and the cold
settled upon them.
Turner looked at the landscape in the falling darkness, pulled out his paints and worked
furiously, disregarding that his hands were freezing. He produced a brilliant watercolor of
On this Good Friday we are reminded again how valuable we are to God and how
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.