Alone for his first cruise ship voyage, a young man felt a stranger among crowds of aging
patrons. But one youngish woman kept sidling up to him in the most unlikely of spots.
She seemed to recognize him, at least by the knowing look in her eyes. Finally, he
apologized for not having a clue who she was.
"I'm sorry," she said. "I didn't mean to stare at you, but you look so much like my first
Taken aback, he stammered a halting condolence, and asked hesitantly what had
happened to her husband. "Oh," she replied cheerfully, "I haven't been married ...
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.