Fred Craddock tells of how, when he was in graduate school at Vanderbilt, he used to
take late-night study breaks at an all-night diner. One night, while worrying about his
New Testament oral exams, he happened to overhear an exchange between the counter
man and a ragged, down-on-his luck customer:
Then I noticed a man who was there when I went in, but had not yet been waited
on. I had been waited on, had a refill, and so had the others. Then finally the man behind
the counter went to the man at the end of the counter and said, "What do you want?" He
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.