Fred shared with his study group an email he had received from an acquaintance. The
gentleman writing told of his wife's illness going into more detail than was necessary. His
wife had won the battle over cancer several years ago, but now it was back. She would
need additional treatments.
Fred explained to the group that he was unsure how to respond, he did not know the
couple well at all. He was surprised that he received such a letter. The study group took a
few minutes to suggest ways to respond. Dianne said that the letter showed how much the
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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.