Jim was an old bachelor who farmed in the district since he was a young man. No one
could remember where Jim came from anymore, and no one knew of any family that he
had. Jim was a good farmer who dedicated his life to working his land and keeping his
cattle. When Jim reached 65, he sold his cattle, but continued to work his land. His health
was good and, as he had no hobbies outside of his farm work, he figured he might as well
keep working. "Besides," he was often heard to say, "there is still money to be made on
those fields, and I might as well be making it."
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.