Julie grew up in a large city; she didn't really know about darkness. David grew up on the
prairies; he knew. Julie and David married and moved to David's small farm in North
Dakota. There were several yard lights on the farm that kept the deep darkness at bay;
Julie didn't venture out of the lights' sphere.
One night, dark clouds appeared on the western horizon signaling a storm. David and
Julie made sure the animals were safely rounded up, then headed for the house. The
thunder rumbled and by late evening the storm arrived. It wasn't long before a bolt 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.