Edith Burns lived in San Antonio, and she always introduced herself this way: "Hello, my
name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?" When Edith was hospitalized and close
to death, she asked her doctor to put her in a room with a non-Christian so she could
share her faith. Everybody at the hospital loved Edith, but the head nurse, Phyllis Cross,
was not impressed. Phyllis rejected all of Edith's comments that Edith was praying for
her, until one day Phyllis asked Edith, "How come you ask others if they believe in
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.