Linda and Peter have moved ten times in 36 years of marriage. The reason they moved was job related. Moving to a new city and a new home can be stressful but Linda claims that she does not dislike upheaval. “With the exception of one of our moves, my restlessness fed on the chance for new opportunities.” So Peter and Linda forged ahead, made new friends from different parts of the country and became active with a community of believers. With all of their moves they discovered that God had not deserted them. With each new move they grew and were challenged in their faith.
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.