He was an eminent surgeon. I called on his stately home one evening raising funds for the
local YMCA. When he learned that I was a minister, he invited me into his library and
closed the door. He faced a dilemma regarding his son. The young man was due to
receive a substantial inheritance from his father, but was rebelling.
It seemed as if the more the doctor did for the son, the worse the son behaved. The
surgeon agonized over the decision. Should he give his son all of his inheritance right
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.