Josh always enjoyed attending church camp each summer. Over the years, he made
friends with boys from other churches in the area. Josh even convinced some of his
friends from school to attend. "It will be great," he told them.
After he graduated from high school, Josh was asked if he would be a counselor at the
church camp that summer. He immediately agreed and was really looking forward to
working at the same camp that had meant so much to him.
The boys he was assigned were active and picked fights with other boys. The first couple
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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.