It was afternoon on New Year's Day. All of the out-of-town relatives had left and other
family members were busy elsewhere in the house when Alan decided that it would be a
good time to begin putting away some of the Christmas decorations. Taking down the
Christmas tree is always a sobering experience for Alan. He carefully wrapped the star in
newspaper, and took down the lights, rolling them on empty paper towel rolls. Next he
tackled the ornaments that the family had been collecting from places they visited. There
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.