Have you been in the presence of influential people or peers and stammer when you
know you should be telling them about your beliefs? When it happens to me, I'm
ashamed. The Lord has allowed me to serve him for decades. I should be prepared for
just about every situation. Still, I find myself faltering and hesitating to own him. I tell
myself that I will be bolder next time, but soon I'm stammering again.
Jesus stood before the Father pleading our case, not ashamed to call us his brothers and
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.