Ellen Rankin’s novel, The Westing Game, tells the story of sixteen people brought together in a bizarre contest for the estate of Samuel Westing, a deceased, wealthy man. These sixteen people must learn to work with each other, despite the abundance of dead-end leads, red herrings, and general mayhem. The answer to Westing’s labyrinthine riddle is clever, well-hidden, and, most of all, surprising. The inheritance Paul talks about today is nothing like the Westing inheritance. Our inheritance does not require us to win any games; it does not require extreme talent, skill, or cleverness.
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.