A large boat filled with tourists and travelers was near the mouth of the mighty Amazon
River. There was water everywhere but not a drop to drink. As close as they were to the
ocean, they didn't have drinking water. They radioed another boat hoping they would
have extra water. The answer came back, "Let down your buckets. The water you are in
is from the unpopulated jungles upstream, the flow is so heavy that it is pure to drink,
even past the land making up the mouth of the river."
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Behold I freely give,
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.