Every time Jose Lima purchased a 6/49 lotto ticket (a Canadian lotto), he said, “If I win 6/49, big money, $5,000 for each employee, a whole trailer of chicken legs.” In March 2008, Jose won over $14 million dollars in the lotto. A week later, he was handing out free ten-pound bags of chicken to his customers, an estimated $30,000 worth of free chicken, and he gave $5,000 to all his employees and his friends. And Jose did it with a happy heart. Herod made a vow to the daughter of his wife, Herodias, when he was bewitched by her beauty and weakened by over indulgence in alcohol.
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.