The story is told of a young girl whose very best friend lived just down the street. They
were playmates and almost sisters, with visits back and forth nearly every day.
When Jennifer was killed in an automobile accident, Tracie and her family were drawn
through the same trench of grief. Two families were heartbroken, and shared the awful
blackness of funeral clothing together.
The day after the funeral, Tracie disappeared for a few hours. Her mother was worried,
and searched the house and yard in growing concern. When she went out to the street in
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.