Gail and Patty have been friends for many years, dating back to their days in high school.
The two women have been having lunch on a regular basis for many years. Over the
years, they talked about many subjects ranging from dating and being engaged to raising
children. They also talked about politics and matters of faith, as well as many other
One day over lunch, Patty asked about Gail's son, Jared. Jared was an elementary school
teacher in the community. Gail told her friend how well he related to the children in his
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.