God truly works in mysterious ways to call his servants. When Robert Moffat, the famous
Scottish missionary to South Africa, came back to the British Isles to recruit helpers for
his work in South Africa, attendance at his meetings was very low. He had high hopes for
one church, but the weather was bad, and the only ones attending were some older ladies
who were able to walk to the church. Even so, he gave his message, and issued an
invitation to which no one responded. Moffat was sure he had selected the wrong text
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.