It had been a long couple of days for LuAnn. She had spent the better part of three days at
the hospital. It is always draining to watch a loved one suffer; in this case it was her
husband. She knew she had to keep a positive outlook for Bob's sake as well as her
children. But seeing him lying in the hospital bed was more than she could take.
Late one night, with her husband sound asleep, her fatigue caught up with her. Tears
began streaming down her face as she stood to go to the restroom. She did not want Bob
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.