It was one of those church meetings that you would just as soon forget. There was
disagreement over issues of how best to spend the church's money. Some wanted to
spend it immediately while others thought it should be invested and only the interest
should be spent. After a 45-minute discussion, the disagreement became personal attacks
on each other. The meeting would not end well without intervention.
The chairperson asked everyone to be quiet. He then led the group in prayer, asking for
divine guidance to help with the current situation. The prayer refocused the group's
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.