Elaine and her friends knew that her family was strange. Elaine could tell by her friends'
reactions when they played at her house. She also realized, when playing at her
girlfriends' houses, that her family was different. It was religion. All day Sunday, it
seemed, Elaine's family was at church. Wednesday nights, also.
On Sundays and Wednesdays, Elaine missed television shows her friends discussed.
Strangest of all, which she told only once and decided never to repeat, her parents
punished Elaine by making her read the Bible. She grew to hate the Bible.
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.