If you were hungry and needed food, would you call the wealthiest or the poorest person
in town? I don't know how many well-to-do people there were in Sidon's suburbs during
Elijah's time, but there was at least one hungry widow. She was close to starving and
intended to fix her, and her son's, last meal. Famine had depleted the area's food supply.
The widow was gathering wood to heat one last meal expecting that she and her son
would shortly die.
Then came the hungry prophet Elijah asking for bread. Sounds just like a preacher,
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.