It has been said that hotel restaurants are lonely places late at night. Business people
travel, make presentations, or attend seminars during the day, but at night have nothing to
do. Frequently, people gather in the hotel lounge, just to be with other people. While Ron
needed time to reflect on the direction of his life, he did not want to be alone. He sat at
the counter for an hour, reading the newspaper and ordering drinks when Fred sat beside
Fred initialized small talk, asking where he was from and what he was doing in the city.
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.