Lloyd flew to the Oregon coast to interview for a call as pastor. From the airport, he was
driven to the church by a winding road. It was overcast when he arrived and remained so
for the weekend he was there. He repeated the flight a month later to preach for the call.
Again, the sun never shined while he was there. He moved to the town under an overcast
sky. When the sun finally came out it was "in the wrong place" and remained so for his
entire ministry there.
Ten years later, he flew to interview for another church. He stepped off the airplane and
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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.