It was evident from their chance encounter that Dan was delighted to start college. It had
been a long road having to deal with issues of parental abuse and then living with his
Dan spoke with joy -- telling the pastor several times in fact that he had been baptized in
a church. He understood that his baptism signified his new beginning. He knew that while
the situation with his parents was not good, he was loved and accepted by Jesus and the
church. The people at his home church were so good to him, even financially helping him
with college expenses.
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.