The lead story on the evening news centered on the heroic act of a firefighter who
rescued a young woman from a four-story burning building. The footage was riveting as
the firefighter helped the woman out a window with smoke billowing all around them.
The crowd cheered as they descended the ladder and were hustled away to an ambulance
for some medical attention. Even in such dramatic circumstances, all the firefighter could
say to the television reporter was, "Don't call me a hero. I was just doing my job. I just
did what I'm supposed to do. No thanks necessary."
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.