I have a new hobby of making leather belts. I put an announcement in the church bulletin
asking for any old belts or scraps of leather so that I could retool and reuse the leather in
my various belt-making projects. One parishioner brought in a very used, but very sturdy
and handsome long strip of leather. I cut it in two and made two leather belts and was
even able to retain the original metal strap adjusters that were part of the original
I was curious what the strap had been used for previously, so I inquired. It turns out it
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.