Every conscientious host dreads it happening. What could be worse than running out of
food or drink? It nearly happened to us once when my wife and I were first married. We
invited some fellow college classmates for Thanksgiving dinner. We couldn't afford
turkey; a slender chicken had to suffice. As we pulled it from the oven to check it, the
bird fell to the floor. After making sure our friends weren't watching from the other room,
we lifted our willowy fowl, brushed the kitchen floor dirt from it, and baked it a little
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.