Haley is the "smart one" at school. She earns straight-A's, has perfect attendance, and takes scrupulous notes. She's a little shy, though, and doesn't like to brag. Lots of children don't even pay attention to her, until the quarterback on the football team misses a day of class. He sits beside Haley and knows she takes careful notes. "Come on, Haley," he pleads. "Let me copy your notes. It's up to you to save my grade."
Haley rolls her eyes, but lets him copy. He missed class, after all. "Just don't spread it around," she says. "I don't need everybody asking me for notes."
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.