Judith did not like the limelight. She worked hard, put herself fully into every project or
recreation she did, but she never went out of her way to be noticed. But she did get
noticed. When teachers needed a reliable student to help them, Judith was always
requested. When the town needed someone to organize the youth dances at the youth
center, Judith was approached. Judith was asked to be the pianist for the school choir, to
organize the student food drive, and was class valedictorian.
Whenever Judith was approached, the first comment out of her mouth was, "I am the last
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.