It was a Saturday night Darrel would not forget. He had been out drinking with some
friends and had a bit too much to drink. On his way home late that night, he crashed his
motorcycle into a nativity scene on the front lawn of a church. He crashed right into
Joseph and Mary and the baby Jesus. He picked himself up and was able to continue
home with no one seeing what he had done.
The pastor noticed it first, upon arriving at the church the next morning. Someone had
purposely vandalized their nativity scene. The figures were purchased in memory of
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.