In Ireland and the northeastern United States, it is common to see traditional fences made
of dry-stack stone walls. Larger stones are placed at the bottom, and the wall is built up,
without mortar or cement. Smaller stones are placed nearer the top, so that the wall
becomes narrower as it rises. Gravity keeps the wall together, and the only cost is the cost
of gathering the stones and doing the labor. Homes can be built the same way, with a
bonding agent to keep the stones together or simply a mix that will keep the cold air from
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.