On Greg's farm, his land varies greatly from one field to another, and even within a given
field. One piece of land in particular illustrates this parable. The field starts in a low spot,
beside a prairie slough. It then rises sharply up a hill, then falls away until it comes up
alongside of an alkaline lake. The crops sown on this field vary greatly in yield. On the
end that abuts the fresh water slough, the crops are usually heavy producing very high
yields. The yield falls as the land climbs the hill, with the hilltop usually yielding only
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.